by , 04/06/06


Good news rumbled out of Washington earlier this week regarding the Katrina Cottages. In an unprecedented step, the senate is considering allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide inexpensive, permanent housing to Americans who have lost their homes to a natural disaster. The key word here is “permanent,” which currently prevents funding for the 300ft-sq Katrina Cottages.

The decision will be made next week by the Senate Appropriations Committee, headed by GOP Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Along with a consideration to add money to the $19 billion request from President Bush to rebuild the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita; Mississippi officials also hope that the panel will approve funding to build 20,000 Katrina Cottages.

Current law only allows FEMA to provide temporary housing to disaster victims, which has already resulted in the placement of over 37,000 trailers in the Gulf Coast. Governors of both Mississippi and Louisiana are arguing that there are better options considering residents of South Florida are still occupying FEMA trailers more than 13 years following Hurricane Andrew.

Meanwhile, designer Marianne Cusato hasn’t given up hope, unveiling Katrina Cottage II (pictured above, plan below) last week at a Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot in St. Bernard Parish, LA. The second version is larger than the first at 600 sq. ft and includes two small bedrooms, a kitchenette, a full bathroom, and a living room. Like the original, the Cottage design is based on the vernacular architecture of the Gulf Coast region.

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  1. ranganath April 13, 2010 at 7:29 am

    i need more cottage plan

  2. Andromeda Chase October 7, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Can I purchase the floor plan only? I’m looking into different versions with the same amount of floorspace.

  3. MLoret May 26, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    They can be purchased through Lowe’s.

  4. Vickie Carunchio April 1, 2007 at 12:27 am

    I, too, would like to know where the Katrina cottage can be purchased?

  5. Flossamae Curling January 15, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Where can the Katrina cottage be purchased? I wouldlike to purchase one for shipment to the Bahams.

  6. Inhabitat » Blog ... August 29, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    […] Despite the social and political factors involved in last years disaster, we can’t help but think that if the urban landscape and individual houses had been better designed, we never would have had such a massive disaster. There are many design solutions to the problems of hurricanes, flooding, and displacement, and we’ve spent the last year covering as many of them as we could: hurricane-resistant houses, flood-resistant houses, rebuilding competitions, and temporary shelter for people displaced by Hurrican Katrina. In case you missed any of it, here’s a recap: […]

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