I want to help with such an effort any way I can from Colorado. What do you think the cost per house would be, I assume more than the $800 US you have been doing in Toledo? I would guess the concrete homes to be out of most people's reach in Seine Bight and doubt that money raised to assist them would go very far on that. However, I will also personally donate hurricane ties to make wood structures stronger, if that is what they want to/can build. These are steel straps that connect things together, such as the rafters to the top plate, and are nailed to the wood. It makes a postive connection that can take the flexing joints receive in high winds without falling apart. If the Mennonites do the construction, would they be able to put them on (we talked about this a bit last weekend)? If not, I will try to work with someone locally to put them on after construction, but it would be easier to get them incorporated into the process at the start.
I know some of the Seine Bight residents and have assisted one family there with school tuition for a couple of years. Have been unable to contact anyone there directly to get specific needs, but assume housing is a huge one that most families cannot replace on their own. I would like to help them rebuild any way I can. I will keep trying and as soon as I reach someone there who would work with us on this, I will let you know. Thank you for offering to help Seine Bight with housing. Please e-mail me directly at [email protected]
if you want to talk further about this.