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Unique Housing Charity Looks to Help Impoverished Communities

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The homes are built in shipping containers, and sent overseas for approximately $15,000 (Source: Homes of Hope) The homes are built in shipping containers, and sent overseas for approximately $15,000 (Source: Homes of Hope)
This was the first family to receive the new home (Source: Homes of Hope) This was the first family to receive the new home (Source: Homes of Hope)

WEST REHOBOTH, Del. - A Delmarva charity is looking to give impoverished families housing, but the group is doing so in a pretty unique way. The charity, Homes of Hope, builds homes inside of shipping containers, to then be sent to impoverished communities across the globe. 

“We’re trying to build a model," said Patrick Staggs, a co-founder of the charity. "And what that means is we want to build a model that anyone who wants to engage in a program like this - a church organization, a business, anyone - we want to provide them that blueprint for how to do this.”

Staggs said the idea for this program was created when his business partner, Lance Manlove, was on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. It was there that Manlove saw the poor housing conditions, and decided to find a way to help, along with Staggs. As he was leaving, Manlove saw all of the shipping containers, and the idea "clicked," according to Staggs.  

The first of these homes was sent to a family in the Dominican Republic in late June. The charity announced the decision through the following post on their Facebook page:

"Meet Dorca along with her husband and 3 beautiful children! The home is going to meet a huge need as the husband worked for 27 years for the telephone company before being injured by a live wire, causing him to lose both his arm and leg, thus he has found it extremely difficult to find employment."

The homes are pretty advanced with solar lighting, a water cistern on the roof, and a composting toilet. Staggs said the goal of this program was to build a home in a way that it would be quick and easy to ship overseas. The charity is in the process of building a model home on a plot of land in West Rehoboth, adjacent to the Revelation Brewing Company, which Staggs also operates. 

"We could literally drop this thing in, convert all the windows and doors, and you’re ready to live in it,” he said. 

The total cost to construct and ship these homes is approximately $15,000, according to Staggs. 

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