In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina & Rita in November 2005 a unique partnership formed with the Terrebonne Readiness and Assistance Coalition (TRAC) to design sustainable affordable housing for the rural coastal bayou regions of Louisiana. A true collaborative effort, the Lift House has been designed in partnership with Oxfam America, Sigus-MIT, and TRAC and encompasses fiscal investments from the American Red Cross, Catholic Social Services, Church World Service, Katrina Square Dancers/Lift House Building Fund, LA Disaster Recovery Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and United Way for South Louisiana. This pilot project which consists of designing and constructing 5 homes that can withstand Category 5 hurricane force winds constructed on five different bayou communities has multi-faceted goals:

  1. Replacement of destroyed homes for low-to-moderate income families that could not afford to rebuild without financial assistance.
  2. Homes are designed and built to comply with International Building Code requirements for Coastal Zone Construction which includes elevations of an average of 10 – 14ft above sea level.
  3. Homes are energy efficient to help reduce energy consumption and lower monthly utility expenses.
  4. Homes will serve as a model of affordable sustainable construction.

For more information, see TRAC’S Lift House Page.

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