The House Designers Helps Families in Crisis

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The House Designers, the leading provider of online house plans has created a Housing Relief Program to assist organizations and families in rebuilding communities left devastated by natural disasters by offering their collection of over 6,000 home designs at a substantial discount. Families left homeless by some of the worst disasters on record will now have an opportunity to rebuild their lives with a brand new home.

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“Despite the sadness and great losses these families suffered, this program is giving them an opportunity to select their dream home and have something to look forward to again,” said Riz Shakir, Executive Director of the Team Up Foundation.

The House Designers was first approached last summer by Project Team Up to assist in rebuilding new homes for tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a community left devastated by the worst outbreak of twisters on record that destroyed nearly 24,000 homes. The Holt Area of Tuscaloosa was hit the hardest after the tornado left a six-mile track of devastation that destroyed over 5,300 homes on April 27, 2011.

“Our goal is to assist families that have lost everything by giving them access to our architects and designers for advice and by offering construction drawings from our collection of over 6,000 house plans,” said Tammy Crosby, Chief Executive Officer. “We developed our Housing Relief Program to help families and communities rebuild their neighborhoods left devastated by natural disasters.”

The House Designers’ Housing Relief Program will provide discounts on any house plan to organizations and individuals involved in rebuilding areas affected by natural disasters like Alabama, Kentucky and Texas. The House Designers also offers a unique selection of ENERGY STAR, eco-friendly house plans that can reduce monthly maintenance costs and utilities for families trying to rebuild their lives. “Our exclusive ENERGY STAR collection allows families to build a truly innovative new home with cutting-edge building techniques and products that allows them to cut their heating and cooling costs, improve their indoor air quality and create a healthy home after the stress and trauma a natural disaster puts on a family.”

Three homes from The House Designers’ Housing Relief Program were started in Tuscaloosa, but construction has been delayed as volunteers and resources have been dispersed throughout the state due to recent tornadoes that hit Alabama last month.

“All of these families are so grateful to have a new home being built, especially since many were living in houses that were too small or rundown,” said Riz Shakir, Executive Director of the Team Up Foundation. “Despite the sadness and great losses these families suffered, this program is giving them an opportunity to select their dream home and have something to look forward to again.”

The House Designers’ Housing Relief Program will work closely with organizations like Team Up Foundation to make sure that the house plans meet the budget and needs of the family, as well as provide necessary modifications like storm shelters to better protect these homes from future natural disasters..

“Walking away from many years of memories destroyed, just lying in a heap of rubble, without as much as a toothbrush to call your own is something I wouldn't wish on anyone, said Elaine Childers of West Liberty, Kentucky, who is one of 299 families who lost their homes in the recent March 2 tornadoes that swept through her area. “It seems so many people have come to our rescue in ways we never dreamed we'd need, and we’re so appreciative of all the help we’ve received.”

They are currently living in a 28’ camper among the debris of what used to be their home. They recently selected the White Bluff House Plan after being approved for a loan to supplement their insurance, but like most families they are having difficulty finding an available contractor in the area.

“We are very anxious for a new home but we know this can be rough especially for middle aged/elderly people,” said Childers, who recently attended a meeting with Frontier Housing that was set up by FEMA to help families in need to find builders. Childers is anxious, but hopeful to see if the bid from the contractor is within their budget so they can begin building. “The house plans we ordered from The House Designers are a dream we're hoping to see happen, but if it's not meant to be, we'll manage just fine.”

Frontier Housing, who has been building homes in Kentucky for 37 years, recently created a special fund for Post Storm Rebuilding to help families in Morgan, Menifee and Magoffin counties rebuild their homes. Donations can be made through their website by clicking here.

To find out how you can get involved with The House Designers’ Housing Relief Program, please call Christine Cooney at 866-214-2242 ext. 200 or email housingrelief@thehousedesigners.com

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