The National House Project is a new, multiyear design initiative that aims to design environmentally-friendly, sustainable homes for low-income families. The initiative is led by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program began in 2015, when designers were challenged to imagine a future where housing sustainability is an important goal. In the last year, nine care-experienced young people have been living independently and gaining self-sufficiency, and the results are already changing the face of residential care.
After years of work on Habitat for Humanity house plans, the National Office has chosen a development team for the House project. These organizations work together to create a housing model that meets the needs of disadvantaged communities. The project consists of 3 cantilevered rooms that face an acreage at the rear of the property. The distance from the ground to the cantilevered box is approximately 18 feet, which is higher than the average height of a typical home.
In August 2018, the National Office for Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced the winning development team for the project. The project team includes real estate developer Trinity Financial, nonprofit development agency MBD Community Housing Corporation and the architectural firm Dattner Architects. The National Office is committed to helping youth transition from care to independence, and to creating a new neighborhood. The National Office for the Housing Project provides the expertise needed to make this happen.
The National Office for the House Project has provided support and expertise to local authorities so that they can set up their own local House Projects. The project has worked with more than three thousand young people from the city in the last five years. The team is working with a team of local businesses and nonprofits to help them design and build the homes of their dreams. The final product is a project that will help young people gain independence and feel proud of their accomplishments.
The National Office for the Housing Project supports local projects in their communities. The National Office provides support and expertise to local authorities to create Local House Projects in their communities. The National Office for the Housing Project supports small groups of young people leaving care to develop skills and confidence necessary to live independently. These individuals also develop relationships with other young people who will help them settle in to their new homes. If approved, the project will provide a safe, supportive environment for young people in the community.
The National Office for the Housing Project has helped local authorities set up Local House Projects in their communities. These projects are based on the plans of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization. The National Office for the Housing Program also supports the local projects by providing support and expertise to the local agencies and the young people who are involved in the housing program. These small groups of young people will be able to build and own their own homes in the area, and will have opportunities to develop their skills and independence through this process.