The issues: Many wounded and retired veterans don't have enough saved for retirement.
Limited fixed incomes don't go far enough to care for those who have served us.
There have been few good solutions, until now. If you cannot increase your income or savings, we can reduce your bills!
The plan: To build communities targeted to veterans with the focus on lowering bills, specifically eliminating heat and electric bills, reducing or eliminating water/sewer bills, and growing food in community gardens and an indoor winter greenhouse using Aquaponics.
Test homes have had no utility bills for 1-15 years (since being built).
The Model home is a 4-bedroom 3 bath 1 year old house that has had no heat or electric bills since being finished. It also has an office on the main level.
People like to live around people like them, and veterans choosing to work together in a community is the goal.
The veterans we have spoken to about this have been very excited, and we are starting lists of interested veterans for the first neighborhoods, both owners and renters.
We will create several communities around the Twin Cities, and another in Chetek, near Eau Claire Wisconsin,
We are currently seeking land that people would like to donate for our veterans.
Single lots to many acres are what we are looking for.
They gave their best, let's give them back ours. They took care of us, now it's our turn to take care of them.
The unique features are many, starting with the creation of a community, not just a development. People like to be around people like themselves, especially Veterans. Building a community center connected
to an indoor Aquaponics garden will give neighbors a place to connect with each other. An outdoor garden and picnic area next to the community center will solidify this as the focal center of the community. This may be built by volunteers and the veterans
themselves to begin to work together in new neighborhoods and get to know each other.
The homes are unique in that they are Energy Positive by design, creating more energy than they use. For around the same cost of typical new construction, these homes are 2 1/2 times stronger, go up faster, are hyper efficient, quieter, and have no heat, electric or water bills (outside the city). Food bills can be reduced by the community gardens, eating healthier fresh organic foods. The extra electricity produced can charge a hybrid vehicle for fuel savings as well! No open flame or basement means home insurance costs are lower. The first homes will be single level "Forever Homes". They feature wider doors and hallways, an ADA shower, and no entry stairs. They also feature a robotic vacuum and robotic lawn mower, and heated sidewalks for no shoveling of sidewalks. Heated driveways are an option as well. Mobility challenged people can visit or live without obstructions.
For people who have some equity in a home, or some savings in an account, there may be an option of building a 2-4 unit building to live in. By building a 4-plex, the owner would live in one unit, and rent out the other
3. Rolling some equity or retirement savings into a 4-plex could offset the mortgage bill by renting to veterans with a fixed income. No worries of a loss of income, and they will likely be long-term occupants.
A unifying project like building a community center and indoor Aquaponics garden helps create neighborhood cohesion.
The idea is to get people in a new neighborhood working together as a group, veterans meeting each others' needs.
Serving each other makes unity possible.
If this is something you would like more information about, send us an e-mail. We will update you weekly on our progress.