project:HOMES is on a mission to re-imagine mobile home living to benefit the most under-served homeowners in the Richmond region. We made this video for the Robins Foundation Community Innovation Grant Top 5.
MOBILE HOME REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
Led by Manager of Housing Innovation Zack Miller, the Mobile Home Replacement Program serves Chesterfield County. Earlier this year, our team improved the life of this Chesterfield resident with a high-quality manufactured home. (See above) The unit was provided by Fleetwood Homes and the roofing, porch, and final exterior features were done by our team.
MOBILE HOME REPAIR PROGRAM
To reach more low-income households in need of home repair, project:HOMES started a Mobile Home Repair Program two years ago, funded by the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County. Work includes sealing roofs, replacing unstable floors and installing heating and cooling systems.
Gerardo Martinez and his wife (pictured above), who had lived in the Mobile Town manufactured home community for 15 years, had been burdened by a deteriorating floor, porch that was rotten, and a broken central heating system. project:HOMES installed a new central air heat pump system for Gerardo and it immediately brought comfort for the family. He’s seen a drastic reduction in his electricity bills and says he can now start saving money. “This has changed everything. Now we can sleep well, it’s very nice,” he said.“Thank you very much to all of you who make our dreams come true. Now we don’t have anything bad to worry about in the house. Everything is so much better. I feel good in my little house. Comfort.”
SHIPPING CONTAINER HOUSING
Thanks to our partner indieDwell, who are experienced in building shipping container homes, we were able to manufacture our first shipping container home in the Blackwell neighborhood on Richmond's south side. indieDwell donated the shipping container while project:HOMES built the foundation and constructed the house on-site. This was sold at an affordable rate and is now home to happy residents.
Earlier this year, project manager Justin Randolph oversaw the assembly and construction of project:HOMES' first modular home. The components of a modular home are built of-sight and then assembled on-site. Our team worked with Virginia Homes of Boydton, a company which creates high-quality components for modular homes. It has since been placed on the market and will be an affordable option for a Highland Park resident.