What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
-Financial sustainability-We will overcome this challenge with grants from foundations, support (financial and in-kind) from the construction companies through their corporate social responsibility programs, as well as NGOs such as the Green Building Council, but the migrants and their families will pay for most of the housing themselves with their remittances.
-Coordination-finding construction companies that are willing to undertake such a venture-Working with organizations like the Green Building Council, we will be able to connect with construction companies more easily.
Maintenance of housing and amenities-We will train residents in the community to help install, construct and maintain the buildings and the associated technologies.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
We will start by contacting the Dominican Republic Green Building Council, which is promoting green building in the Dominican Republic.
We will contact construction companies that may be interested in participating in the program.
We will start to facilitate connections between families in Lawrence, the construction company, the Green Building Council and the families in the Dominican Republic.
We will apply for initial seed funding.
Working with the families and the construction company, we will develop the layout for the homes and start construction.
We will evaluate the impact of our project (based on number of homes constructed, families affected, reduction of costs for sending remittances, quality of homes as evaluated by the residents, energy cost reduction, etc.)