Duvall Decker Architects

Duvall Decker Architects

Jackson, MS


Midtown Affordable Housing

This affordable infill housing consists of 8 duplexes and one 6-unit courtyard building. This is the first solar power generating affordable housing in the state.  The multi-phase project to provide healthy housing opportunities and contribute to neighborhood revitalization was funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

As part of a neighborhood grassroots master plan, the Jackson Housing Authority implemented the first initiative with this housing project in order to increase density and provide healthy housing options. Desiring “more than the normal infill housing", they needed energy efficient, durable, sustainable and livable housing with fenced yards in which children could play.  They wanted to provide safe, healthy, affordable housing that they could utilize and maintain for many years. 

The resulting unique shifted-duplex units and courtyard walk-up building design increases density, capitalizes upon expanded recreation, services, and access to transportation as well as increases the number of families and committed residents to watch over neighbors, and ultimately adds tax revenue to services and infrastructure.  The units are durable and low-maintenance – a long-term investment and asset. Replacing blight with new housing will change the economy of the area by improving property values and creating equity. 

The Midtown Housing Development initiates the Housing Authority’s long-term plan to provide livable,durable and affordable housing in the City of Jackson, Mississippi. Unlike typical apartment developments, the new Midtown Housing is infill housing that contributes to its neighborhood. It is designed to be a catalyst and partner for mature inner city neighborhood revitalization. 

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Status: Built
Location: Jackson, MS, US
Firm Role: Architect