Building a home during COVID-19 has been a challenge, trying to make sure that the inspectors show up on time or show up and even getting permits approved has been difficult, but the day is here and the house is now completed. I just tried to upload a video of the completed project and it would not load so I uploaded a picture of the tenants that are so happy to be moving into their new home and are about start their lives living independently. The photo was taken at a lunch to get them all together to meet and discuss who they are, their favorite color and just have lunch. This was a great day, but tomorrow will be better as they get to see their new home for the first time. Thank you for making this a reality for these much deserving clients, this home will change their lives! Again thank you.
Building a home for individuals with disabilities has been difficult during a pandemic, permits are taking 4 months which in a "normal world' would take 15 days. So we have finally gotten some progress in the last 30 days we have the walls up and the roof being placed as we speak. We are making this a "Smart Home" and completely ADA Compliant which means everything will be wired so you don't have to use your hands to turn on lights, unlock doors etc. The cabinets will be lowered in the bathrooms and kitchens and the stove and oven will be ADA compliant as will the closet shelves and pantry.
We are building the home this way as two of the tenants are quadraplegics and another is blind. Thank you to all of you who support us in this most important work, we could not do it without you!
We are building another Single Room Occupancy Dwelling for Individuals with Disabilities! The Construction started May 1st and will be finished by November and will house 4 individuals with disabilities.
Most of the people that we house with disabilities became homeless due to the fact the could not afford the rising rent prices in our area so we developed this model house which has 4 tiny houses in one. Each bedroom has it's own bedroom, bathroom and Kitchenette which has it's own refrigerator and microwave. Included the rent are all utilities except the Internet (that is extra due to the price) So the average rent is based on income and does not go over $345 a month per person making it affordable so they can live. So for example if a person only makes $771 per month their rent is only $231 per month including utilities! These homes come with a shared Washer Dryer and a full kitchen that can be used by any of the tenants and the full kitchen has Stove and cupboards that can store more food and dishes if the home wants to have pot luck dinners!
These homes are a blessing for all who are housed there thank you so much to all who have donated to this cause and all that will donate in the future!
Finally we have received word that our third Single Room Occupancy Dwelling for Individuals with Disabilities is due to be built starting this month. This project is so important especially as more and more disabled individuals cannot afford the rising prices. Most rents in our are start at between $900-1000 and they want first, last, plus deposit so with most disabled individuals income starting at $771 to $1000 most will find themselves living on the street.
This project is such a God send because these individuals do not pay more than 30% of their income for their housing, and if they meet the criteria for the "mainstream voucher program" we are able to get them housed for even less.
Any contributions toward this fund help to fund furnishings for these units, food, clothing etc.. so all of your donations as very much needed and appreciated! Thank you again for all you do to help these individuals!
Affordable Homeownership Foundation just was approved for two grants to build the third house and we should be able to start construction in February of 2020. As fast as we can build these Single Room Occupany Dwellings (SRO's) they are rented in advance because as we have stated previously the average person on Social Security Disability makes $770 per month and the average rent starts at $1000 in our area, Several other non-profits have requested copies of our plans and we have given them to them so that they may build some of these houses.
From the outside these homes look just like a regular home so there is no NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) as most of the population think affordable housing means slum housing, which the opposite is true with these homes. It allows the average person who is disabled or a senior, Veteran or a youth that has aged out of the Foster Care System to live within their means, so the rent is no more than 30% of their income. If they are disabled we also have partnered with our local housing authority to provide "Mainstream Vouchers" to those that qualify thus reducing their rent even further.
We are looking forward to making this housing a reality on most vacant lots that we can aquire so that everyone has a beautiful safe place to live.
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