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This profile was prepared when Stacey Epperson was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
Stacey has created the only independent distribution channel for affordable manufactured housing. At the core of Stacey’s idea is factory built housing—homes constructed in factories rather than on-site. Stacey is transforming manufactured houses, historically seen as the “problem” in the affordable housing landscape, into the much-needed solution to inefficiencies in the traditional non-profit, site-built affordable housing model. Stacey works closely with Ashoka Fellow Paul Bradley. While Paul’s organization secures land tenure for people in manufactured housing, Stacey focuses on increasing the quality and quantity of the homes themselves. To achieve her vision of “manufactured housing done right,” Stacey has worked with industry manufacturers to create new product lines of high-quality affordable manufactured housing designed to build wealth and save an average of $1,800 per year in energy expenses for low-income homebuyers. She has also created a network of non-profit affordable housing providers interested in offering manufactured homes to their clients. Through public-private partnerships that bridge these two sectors, Stacey is shifting practices in both the private manufactured housing sector as well as attitudes among the affordable non-profit housing community about the potential of manufactured housing to give more and better choices to new home-buyers.