Help Us Develop Truly Affordable Housing
This giving season, Care Association asks for donations to help us build an affordable home in the coming year. We are still 100% volunteers. Every cent will be used toward providing a roof, a bathroom, and a place to prepare meals to a low-income household.
Millions of American households struggle to put food on the table. For many of them, there is only one barrier to their financial wellbeing: the high cost of housing.
Care Association is dedicated to alleviating the affordable housing crisis. With our experience in real estate, architecture, construction, and land trusts, our goal is to create truly affordable housing beginning in the toughest region of the country for affordability—the San Francisco Bay Area. No one should be paying more than 30% of their income on housing.
To create truly affordable housing, our development will focus on three main tasks:
- Build small. The tiny house movement is an example that many people are willing to downsize in order to save money. Living small may not be for everyone, but Apartment Therapy thinks it's cool. They even have a yearly Small Cool contest.
- Use donated or salvaged materials. High-end builders often discard new and perfectly-useable windows and cabinets due to factors such as mismeasurement or client rejection.
- Use sweat equity. Reminiscent of Habitat for Humanity's model, able-bodied occupants or volunteers help with finish work, such as cabinet installation or painting. As developers, we can also be a general contractor. Plus, when residents contribute to building their own homes, doing so builds dignity and promotes responsibility for their maintenance.
Plus, with 3D printing technology, the cost to build maybe a fraction of traditional construction methods. It's still new, though, and so far only one 3D-printing construction business that we have found has passed California's tough codes.
- Start small. We will begin building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in San Francisco. These are separate dwelling units that can be built inside a house or on the lot of a single-family or multi-family residence. We will find low-income homeowners who would benefit from the extra income, and thus help two households!
- Acquire real estate. Using the land trust model, Care Association aims to preserve affordability by owning real estate and preventing sharks from inflating its price beyond what most people can afford. Best case scenario, land owners donate their properties to us. Worst case, we save until we can buy or find investors.
- Prepare. We have been hosting public meetings to know what people are looking for and what they are willing to do and learn. We will continue to host meetings and plan learning seminars.
- Partnerships. We may be far away from acquiring property, so partnerships are key.
Care Association began with the hope of utilizing technology to connect people who can help each other with housing and other needs. Poor timing and public fears prevented the success of the Care For Us platform, but we were able to help one family, an original participant of the platform's beta effort. The family has since moved into a below-market-rate home.
In the meantime, we also met with groups of people and listened to their needs and concerns. We also worked with a community to help them become limited equity owners of their homes. And we met with other nonprofits seeking collaboration on the very difficult problem of lack of affordable housing.
Care Association's founder, Kiai Kim, also had the opportunity to work with a San Mateo County nonprofit in mental health counseling and saw the effects stress has on families due to the high cost of housing. The experience has fueled determination to establish Care Association as a nonprofit housing developer. This direction fulfills a vision for housing the homeless that began when Kiai was an Urban Studies major at Vassar College, her thesis titled, "Self-help Housing as a Strategy to House the Homeless."
Your tax-deductible donation helps, and we thank you for it.
Here are some other ways you can help:
- Spread the word. Share our campaign with your friends and family. Tell them we want to change the way affordable housing is done not only in the Bay Area but also in the rest of the country and North America. Not with subsidies, but by being smart.
- Be an ambassador. Raise $500 or more with your own fundraising page listed under Angel 😇 Ambassadors.
- Join our mailing list.
- Choose Care Association when you shop via Amazon Smiles, or when you sell something on eBay, NextDoor, or other platforms that support nonprofits.
- Share your expertise with us. We could use all the help we can get. Maybe you're good at marketing, writing Google ads, or creating website content. Or maybe you're a contractor, civil or structural engineer, architect, lawyer, or a real estate developer. With many advisors our plans will succeed.
- If you're in San Francisco, donate stuff at Community Thrift Store on Valencia Street and tell them you are supporting Care Association.