Maybe an inmate can build your next home

A new program promises new housing options in Northeast Missouri.

The North East Community Action Corporation signed an agreement to have federal inmates build houses behind prison walls.

People with low to moderate incomes would buy the houses through NECAC, which would provide intensive home-ownership classes and pre-purchase training.

Buyers would obtain loans and pay their mortgages. The pre-fabricated houses would be about 1,100 square feet. Theyâ??d be shipped from the prison to the home site.

NECAC is in discussions on which federal prison will provide the construction. Announcements on additional partners are planned in the coming weeks.

The program is modeled after a state-run operation that has proven successful in South Dakota.

NECAC says the program has the potential to expand in to Illinois and Iowa.