And I don’t think it’s that bad of an idea at all! So many people live in such dire poverty that imagine if we could provide them with a solidly-built 320 square foot home that has a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping areas & windows – for only $8,000. I imagine we could move people out of the dangerous shacks that they are living in and get them into these “new” homes, making their life that much better. I came across this story over at CNN, and it is about a group of people who have formed a company called PFNC Global Communities (translated roughly to “Finally, our own home” in Spanish) who are working to get these houses into Mexico after seeing firsthand the way people were living there.
“We saw hundreds of homes that are made out of wood pallets and cardboard and scrap metal and scrap building material,” McCarthy said. When he questioned the bus driver, “he said, ‘Well, all the people who live here work in the places you just visited.”‘ “It was amazing to me that in an area where there was such growth and economic prosperity, that these employees of Fortune 1000 companies were living in such poor conditions.”
They want to create communities of these homes, stacking 2 high and 8 across to form “neighborhoods” – and they estimate that over 500,000 people (just in Juarez alone) could benefit from these new homes. They are working with lawyers in Mexico to make buying a house a “work-to-own” situation, with help coming from the employees that the residents work for. Fantastic idea, and yet another one I wish I was involved in. Maybe I can figure out a way to work with a program like this here in the U.S. to help those in need of a safe, sturdy new home. From the looks of them, the wife and I could live in one of these perfectly well!
For more info, check out PFNC Global Communities – pretty amazing stuff.