Monday, October 15, 2012

Homeward Bound Chooses Blu Homes for Homeless

Homeward Bound of Marin, CA announced it will be partnering with Blu Homes — an innovative young company based in Vallejo, CA that makes attractive, high-quality prefab homes — on its planned Oma Village housing project for the homeless in Novato.

Homeward Bound, a Novato-based nonprofit that operates Marin's three homeless shelters as well as providing transitional housing, plans to build 14 compact one- and two-bedroom family homes at 5394 Nave Drive, where Ohloff Recovery Programs used to operate a 30-bed residential program for people recovering from substance abuse.

The new homes would be rented to low-income, formerly homeless Marin families with children. Homeward Bound submitted building plans for the project to the city of Novato earlier this month. So far, Homeward Bound has raised $1 million of the $3 million it will need to complete the project.

"Yes they are prefab, but they're as good a quality as you can get," said Paul Fordham, Homeward Bound's deputy director.

Blu Homes was launched in 2008 by Bill Haney, an environmental entrepreneur, and Maura McCarthy, a venture capitalist with a background in modular housing. All of Blu's homes are designed and built off-site in the company's 250,000-square-foot factory in Vallejo. Blu's computer-modeled, steel-framed homes use a trade-marked folding technology that makes them economical to transport and quick to set up.

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