Housing in the D.C. area isn’t affordable, in part because there isn’t enough, but also because the cost of materials and labor is high. But a Pittsburgh company on the receiving end of a multimillion dollar award has plans to expand here, with a goal of helping find a solution.
Module is a maker of modular homes — prefabricated houses built in a factory somewhere and then shipped to their destination.
“When the homes are shipped to their end destination, the revenue is going back to that other location, the jobs that were supported by that worker in another location,” said Marquis Cofer, the director of development at Module. “And just a lot of the upside from the project is where the factory is located.”
A $3 million award from the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge — led by Enterprise Community Partners and Wells Fargo — will be used to help Module expand into Prince George’s County. A permanent location is still being sought, but he said the hope is to build in a low-income area that’s also accessible to transit, so workers can easily get to work.