1% Raised of $30,000 Goal
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At Community Rebuilds we aid income-qualifying families in building affordable and ENERGY-EFFICIENT STRAW BALE HOMES. We provide assistance during all stages of the build. Before breaking ground we act as a free resource while families apply for a construction loan and meet with the contractor. We supply stamped architectural plans free of cost. During the build we manage the build process and budget, and we provide a labor force of unpaid volunteer interns. After construction is complete we provide our families free consultation in home maintenance and repair.
We've created an AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM by taking several steps to reduce the cost of construction: we connect families with low interest rate loans, we recruit volunteer student interns to complete the bulk of the construction labor; we reuse architectural plans for each build, thereby limiting architectural and engineering costs; and we use as many recycled and donated building materials as possible. With this structure, we reduce the cost of construction by nearly half. And because we've chosen insulative straw bale as our main building material, we are able to limit heating and cooling costs, continuing the affordability of our homes long after they're built.
With this program we build affordable housing for the community and provide valuable EDUCATION AND SKILLS IN NATURAL BUILDING to every person involved: homeowners, interns, CR staff and volunteers. Our interns spend 4 months working under licensed contractors and under the direction of our expert natural building instructors. We are the only organization that offers this type of education free of cost.
In these ways we work to improve our community and realize OUR MISSION to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program.