Habitat for Humanity is beginning a home in a box program to quickly assemble, ship, and build new housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina:
Habitat's plan is to assemble the materials needed to build a house -- either purchased or donated -- and then, working with affiliates, churches, corporations and others in communities all over the country, volunteers, working with building specialists, will "pre-build" the frame of a home over a few days. The house will be tacked together to ensure a rock-solid fit, then the frame will be taken apart and the components placed, along with other necessary construction materials, in a container and shipped to an area along the Gulf Coast or New Orleans where families, volunteers and builders will rebuild the home.
These 1,100- to 1,300-square-foot homes will meet local housing codes at a cost to the charity of around $67,000 per home, if the 1,500-home, $100 million figure in the announcement is correct. You can donate online to support the effort.
More on charity efforts: The Liberal Blogs for Hurricane Relief campaign passed $150,000 this afternoon towards a goal of $1 million, and author John Grisham gave $5 million to help Mississippi residents rebuild.