When creating a long term (100 year or more) design for housing, consideration for low cost long – term purchase, serviceability, usability, change of units and even houses or total community relocation has to be part of the formula. DLS, Durable Living Systems is a housing and community development management company bringing together cities, towns, counties, communities and states to create low cost and homeless rotational housing and communities.
Today there are several blended solutions to help people in poverty, people losing or have lost their homes and those people that are living on the streets of America. Rotational housing is designed as one part of the solution to help people in many homeless situations. The categories of people in poverty existing in day to day or permanent homelessness are the elderly poor and the non-active disabled poor that need long term housing, food and healthcare. Other groups are the people that want to return to a more functional life but have lost all or most of their income, and those people that are coming out of a successful drug rehab program and have no income. Additionally, there are people that are currently living on the streets that require hospitalization and full-time care.
Rotational housing is a purpose-built community for homeless people in poverty, living on the streets in all of our cities across the United States that want to be safe, and are trying to get back into society with a job and get their kids in school. The concept of Rotational housing is to give a person or family a home, access to transportation, access to schools, food if needed and healthcare if needed to help them get back on their feet. Additionally, to provide the same for actively disabled people that may need light care and assistance with mobility.
A person or family in rotational housing is given a home that is modern, clean and safe to live in, temporarily for 1 to 2 years. The homes are located in a community where other rotational people and families live and work to raise themselves out of hopelessness, to become self-sufficient and take care of themselves and their families.
DLS Clients; Cities, towns, groups, counties and states may or may not have a housing solution for the homeless. DLS offers a manufactured home solution, community creation and financing for major homeless housing programs.
To create a home that will last for years with multiple tenants it has to basically be indestructible and fireproof. The home has to have fixtureless plumbing, electronically controlled heating and water systems, and walls, floors and ceilings that can’t be destroyed.
Such houses, need to be a great place to live, extremely durable – made out of concrete and steel, meet all state and federal codes, be easily moved and ultimately be 75% – 85% sustainable. DLS Homes meet all of these requirements. Read More…
Ten to five thousand homes can be located on a prepared property. When designing the community, it is important to understand that the need for streets are of a lesser degree because fire access is not a major problem with DLS homes as they are fireproof. Concrete home placement pads must be be poured so that each home has a strong foundation as seen in other manufactured home parks. There are needs for community pathways and access clearance for trucks to move homes into and/or out of the community when needed. For larger communities it may be necessary to have additional manufactured buildings for food – pantries, medical facilities and education rooms and job centers.
DLS chooses only the best possible vendors to produce the ConTec concrete panel homes and all of the cabinets, counters, systems, electronics and furnishings. DLS ConTec homes are self-contained and are designed to retain their value because of their long life unlike any other manufactured homes. ConTec homes are engineered to not only last but also to incorporate electronics, such as environmental controls, solar power generation and energy storage systems. ConTec homes are created with a vision for the future so that their software can be easily updated and hardware can be diagnosed without visiting the home requiring less operating and support expense.
The funding of major projects is always a challenge. The DLS program business model is akin to other mobile home park communities and doesn’t require special review or assignment of additional equity to complete a community loan.
The DLS business model is as follows:
Typically to create a homeless community of scale the up-front costs of execution is onerous financially on the community at large. The DLS program is the only program that is designed with low to no up-front costs, and very low monthly payments to service the program. Plugin components such as food services can be subsidized through food stamps and other federal food assistance programs, and the services can be supported by utility companies. When taken to its most projected degree, a community that incorporates solar roofs can create revenues of 30% to 58% from the production of energy distributed to the entire local community.
Please find here a simple proforma for a community program.
Homes Monthly Payment Monthly Services Utility Costs
100 $26,800 $9,250 $8,950
Public review of the program; locations, transportation, costs, medical services,
food services and job support services.
One or more community locations choices identified, and community planning and design launched.
Bank reviews all assets to be financed for the community(s) creating a payment structure.
Construction of the community(s) begin and all vendor contracts released.
Get people off of the streets. Let’s get started building a community that will benefit those in need, reduce lawlessness, disease and improve the community at large. Its just the right thing to do, help others in need.
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