cdcb receives $2M housing grant to develop prototype dwellings
Come Dream Come Build, the affordable-housing nonprofit formerly known as the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, has been chosen by Enterprise Community Partners and Wells Fargo to receive a $2 million grant to develop an innovative, scalable solution to making housing more affordable across the United States.
CDCB was one of six winners nationwide out of nearly 900 applicants of the Enterprise-Wells Fargo Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge for its MiCASiTA concept, a collaboration with nonprofit architect firm BC Workshop that involves “environmentally sustainable, disaster-resilient, modular home ownership,” according to CDCB.
In addition to the $2 million, CDCB will receive $500,000 worth of technical assistance over the two-year grant period to help scale up MiCASiTA, partnering with BC Workshop to erect six prototype dwellings with construction costs at least 15 percent less per square foot than average housing units on the market, said CDCB. Also as part of the grant, CDCB plans to finalize development of Choice Empower, an online app that allows CDCB clients — in real time and with the aid of an architect — to design their own homes by choosing among various design and cost options within a particular budget.