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Incremental Housing

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Affordable Housing for the Urban Age
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Problem:

Cities across the US are facing an affordable housing crisis; Nationwide, one in four families pay more than half their income on rent. Owning a home can protect people from volatile rent and allow residents to gain equity over the long-run. Unfortunately, affordable options to purchase new homes are few and far between. Even Pittsburgh is seeing the effects of gentrification: despite having 30,000 vacant lots, a recent study concludes that our city lacks over 21,000 affordable units. As more wealth moves into our city, we need to make sure those who call Pittsburgh home have affordable options to stay and thrive here.  

Solution:

Module's incremental houses are designed to grow as your financial means do or as your family grows. With our modular design and patent-pending structural system it’s easy to convert a one bedroom starter unit into a three bedroom house over time. Our building technology, combined with the right financing options, can create new ways to build affordable housing in Pittsburgh. How does it work? Our expandable building technology enables specific parts of a home’s exterior to be removed in order to connect pre-fabricated additions in place - almost like giant LEGO blocks. Module houses can grow vertically or in the rear of the structure. 

Community Partnerships:

We have letters of support from Pittsburgh's first non-profit community land trust as well as the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Together, we plan to build 1-3 starter units as part of an “incremental housing pilot program” on vacant lots in the city. The pilot will test new, alternative construction methods and design options to keep Pittsburgh affordable. The URA will assist with site assembly and participate in construction financing, while the non-profit community development corporation (Lawrenceville Community Land Trust) will manage the development process and identify financing options for residents. Building these pilot homes will allow our partners to test different-sized units and financing plans using Module’s technology. Based on these findings, other nonprofit community development corporations can build incremental housing in their neighborhoods. To date, we've met with Larimer Consensus Group, Operation Better Block, the Hilltop Alliance, and Action Housing. After demonstrating our proof of concept through the pilot program with the Lawrenceville Community Land Trust, we see these organizations as potential partners in the future. With new technology, public support, and a community-based nonprofit we can bring innovation to the local housing market.


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Nov 13 2016

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John Joyce

12 months ago

This is a terrific idea and one that could have a lasting impact on establishing and maintaining residents in our city. The Module concept encourages home owners to become long term stakeholders in their neighborhoods. Instead of outgrowing your home and moving to another neighborhood or perhaps even the suburbs, Module's idea keeps folks vested in their community which will only improve their place of living as they care about their neighborhoods for the long term. .

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