Posted by JWmHarmon on March 18, 2003 at 11:48:55:
In Reply to: Re: Housing 40 million Americans posted by Rog the Dodge on March 17, 2003 at 18:19:27:
Affordable housing is a concern for people who work in low-wage jobs. Decent affordable housing can be built for $20,000 to $50,000 worth of materials and with volunteer labor as is done by Habitat for Humanity. One does not need to live in a 3000 square feet house to have adequate shelter. Habitat for Humanity does not charge interest on the loans made to Partner Family homeowners. Mortgage payments are often in the $200-300 range. Houses may be from 600 - 1200 square feet, small, but adequate for necessary shelter.
I have lived in apartments that were smaller than these houses.
The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing world wide.
I would encourage everyone to get involved in this effort.
It would be difficult for large companies to make a profit from houses this size. Many builders and architects are only interested in the high end of the market. If you work on a percentage fee, then the higher the cost, the higher your percentage.
Some smaller companies work with lower cost housing. With careful planning and diligent work it is possible to make a small profit on each house.
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