Idaho Statesman columnist Jerry Brady has examined a variety of solutions for Idaho’s affordable housing needs, from pocket neighborhoods to tax credits – and now he makes a case for affordable modular building. “I’ve snobbishly dismissed this form of shelter as flimsy or unworthy,” he says. “It serves 18 million Americans having an average income of $30,000. I can’t do that any longer.”
According to one estimate, south and south-central Idaho need 10,000 more affordable housing units. Brady gives a good reason for Idaho’s modular building companies to rise to this task – oil prices are low, and Idaho’s modular builders could use another revenue source outside the oil patch. He points to the success of the Star Apartments in Los Angeles, which were built and shipped by Guerdon Modular Buildings of Boise, as an example of the viability of affordable modular building.