Jacksonville State Buying Mobile Homes to House Students After Tornado

Aug 6, 2018

A university in Alabama is grappling with a housing shortage after a tornado is and is buying mobile homes to provide living space for students.

WBMA-TV reports Jacksonville State University plans to use 22 mobile homes to house students this fall.

Many houses and apartments were destroyed or heavily damaged when a tornado struck on March 19, creating a housing crunch in the city.

The two-bedroom, two-bath mobile units will each house two students. A waiting list for housing includes 150 people, and the mobile homes will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis.

University President John Beehler says there's unfortunately a stigma attached to mobile homes, but he says the school has no other options.

The tornado severely damaged about two dozen buildings on campus and affected 50 more.