Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Hi-Tech Housing, Inc of Bristol, Indiana has been awarded a contract for 500 FEMA homes to be shipped to North Dakota to be used as emergency shelters.  Hi-Tech had received a previous contract to build 270 of these homes earlier but with the additional homes it needed to open a leased plant in Middlebury, Indiana to meet the needs of the contract. 

These homes will be specialized manufactured homes built to FEMA specs for temporary housing.

They are holding job fairs hoping to fill about 120-150 openings created by the FEMA order.
One of several FEMA designed homes.   (msnbc)

Hi-Tech Housing is building a good quality product but it's intended as temporary shelter, not permanent.  

I wonder what will become of these homes after the families are finished with them?  Will they end up in fields somewhere, full of mold and damaged beyond repair and then sold for pennies on the dollar to brokers?  They should be destroyed after their role in helping these families and not recycled into housing in unsuspecting trailer parks around the US or used as hunting camps.  This is what happened to the thousands of trailers from Katrina. 

I personally received calls asking me how to buy those used trailers and campers by people looking to make fast money.  I told them I had no clue and dropped it quickly.

There are currently over 4,200 camper trailers and manufactured homes still being used in Louisiana and Mississippi as temporary housing for Katrina victims.


William said...

Coach, reports stated Hi-Tech was leasing the old Four Seasons factory in Middlebury, IN.
It is beyond comprehension that FEMA will spend so much of OUR TAX MONEY for temporary housing. Sometime this has to end.

ibgreen said...

It would make much more sense for taxpayers to build modular "core" homes that could be expanded upon at a later date. Set up low interest loans for the cost over what these temporary structures cost. I think that would be a much more efficient use of our kids money.