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Alabama Alternative Housing Pilot Program

This page provides reference information on the Alabama Alternative Housing Pilot Program which was a grant program that explored alternative methods to address disaster related housing needs.  The Alabama project involved the building of modular homes with alternative construction methods using cement fiber materials.  These homes could be moved and reset on different foundations.  The project is in closeout but provides valuable reference material for FEMA's National Disaster Housing Strategy. 

Alabama was one of four states that received an award through the Alternative Housing Pilot Program.  The Alternative Housing Pilot Program (AHPP) was a one-time, four-year pilot to identify and evaluate better ways to house disaster survivors. It resulted from a $400 million Congressional appropriation in 2006 and was identified as a key program in FEMA's National Disaster Housing Strategy. Designed as a grant program to address housing needs, five of the 29 AHPP projects submitted were awarded to four states. 

Project Overview

Under the Alternative Housing Pilot Program (AHHP), the City of Bayou La Batre built modular homes in two new community developments. These modular homes were constructed using cement fiber materials and can be demobilized and reset on another foundation within a 500-mile radius.

This project demonstrated impressive infrastructure planning by building a disaster housing group site, partnering with non-profits, and offering home ownership education programs. 

Project Specifications

  • 2 new developments
  • Modular units
  • Deployable within 500 miles
  • 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms
  • Community Support services
  • Recreational areas
  • Uses a combination of Federal, State, and private funds.

Grant Information

City of Bayou La Batre

Award Amount: $15,667,293

Case Study

  • Creating a Safe Harbor After Hurricane Katrina: A Case Study of the Bayou La Batre Alternative Housing Pilot Program (PDF 3MB, TXT 304KB)
Last Updated: 
06/16/2015 - 13:32