For those who lost their home from a disaster and choose to rebuild, we provide a pathway to rebuild sustainably -- Safer, Stronger, and Smarter. We do this by providing access to professional networks, materials, volunteers, grants, local expertise, and best practices. We help communities rebuild, one house at a time. Homeowners benefit from comfortable, healthy homes; local communities benefit by increasing their resilience; and extended communities benefit from a model that saves resources.
1800 homes were destroyed in the wake of the 2013 Colorado Floods.
At the individual level, most survivors have never rebuilt a home from scratch and need support navigating the rebuilding process, which often begins long after other aid and "long-term" recovery funding opportunities have peaked or expired.
At the community level, community support and coordination of structural rebuilding efforts is a vital component that is typically missing in disaster recovery.
NCRN enables survivors and communities to make the best choices at the most critical times by giving them access to: Community-based education on Safer, Stronger and Smarter rebuilding practices; Established networks of local building professionals and suppliers; Grants (via locally raised funds) that help survivors rebuild; Professional design/construction volunteers that provide "on the ground" rebuilding help; Online forum for survivors to post questions to professionals
Of the ~1800 homes destroyed in the CO floods, we aim to empower 200 families to rebuild their homes Safer, Smarter and Stronger (assuming a 15-20 percent rebuild rate). For the entire community we aim to: Increase awareness of existing sustainable rebuilding efforts; Increase awareness of resources available to help communities rebuild efficient and resilient; Help communities mitigate and prepare for disaster by having sustainable rebuilding processes and networks already in place.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).