Housing that the poor can afford can be accomplished.
OUR MODEL - How Better Community Housing of Trenton does it...
Careful leveraging of state, federal, and private support coordinated by a caring, honest person:
- Materials and services donated or discounted by local architects, engineers, contractors, and business people
- Significant monetary donations by individuals, places of worship, businesses, and other organizations
- Land donations by the city
- Time donated by volunteers and prospective homeowners
- State, federal, and private grants
Prospective homeowners must attend financial literacy and home repair workshops and provide sweat equity to show their interest and to gain skills so that they can take care of their own homes. This can also provide on-the-job training for working in the construction trades. Homeowners must give 100 volunteer hours working on housing rehab; then they have to put in 100 hours of work on their own home. To continue the spirit of giving and of community, once they move in, new homeowners must donate one day a month for the life of their mortgage.