Quality affordable living. It’s a hot-button topic across much of the United States. Reporters, public officials, housing advocates, educators, experts, lenders, investors and the home shopping public are all looking for common-sense solutions. Inspector Becki Jackson says it’s a matter of education, because the solution is available right now, today.
“It used to be that manufactured homes were just for temporary living. Now it is a home — it’s a place where people stay and live.”
— Becki Jackson, Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission
More people are discovering one of the best-kept secrets in housing: Modern factory-built homes are vastly different from mobile homes of old, says Jackson. They’re extraordinarily well-built, energy efficient and affordable.
Jackson should know. She has lived in manufactured homes most of her life and came up in her dad’s MH business.
The state agency she now works for is charged with regulating Alabama’s manufactured housing industry, ensuring compliance with state and federal requirements — most notably the standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that have governed these homes since 1976.
As the state administrative agency (SAA) for HUD, Jackson’s agency inspects factories, retail operations and the installation of all new manufactured homes.
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when the cover is as gorgeous as the modern manufactured homes that you’ll see in this video, you’ve just got to wonder what’s under all that skin.
Inside MH Road Show talks to Jackson about her experiences with MH and takes you inside the factories where modern manufactured homes are born.
“To see the process and how they do it — it’s very impressive,” she says.
So are the well-appointed, modestly priced homes you see during this fast paced, under 9 minute video. As the behind-the-scenes factory tour clips revealed in this episode of Inside MH, beneath all of those good looks is a structural wonder – it’s not just another pretty face. ##
(Image credits: All of the photos above are stills from the video, with credits at the end of the production).