After Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity created a program for replacing damaged or destroyed homes. With the assistance of hardware stores and volunteers in the community, Habitat laid out a house, framed it, took it apart, and put it into sea crates; along with wallboard, tape, tools, and mudding material. These quick-build cottages were trucked at no cost to affected areas and erected within two days.
Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County will use the above model to build cottages of varying sizes to temporarily house people who lost their homes. These cottages will provide families, couples, and individuals comfortable, functional homes for the duration of the rebuilding process. Long term, our goal is to use these cottages to create more housing in the area.