Nurturing Neighborhoods

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Women nurturing neighborhoods through community-centric housing development from renovation to acclamation - all while practicing sustainable design and supporting our sisters in the trades.

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Providence, RI

Women nurturing neighborhoods through community-centric housing development from renovation to acclamation - all while practicing sustainable design and supporting our sisters in the trades.

Andrea Belanger

Project Creator

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Andrea posted an update to Nurturing Neighborhoods
May 19, 2019
"Lightning House’s first think tank will be taking place on Sunday, June 8th. We’ll be talking about the challenge of visibility for women in the trades and how we can change that, brainstorming a cooperative business model and talking about next steps and the foundation of the project.

If there are any questions or ideas you think should be on the docket shoot me a message or post it in the comments section!"

Nurturing Neighborhoods
Women nurturing neighborhoods through community-centric housing development from renovation to acclamation - all while practicing sustainable design and supporting our sisters in the trades.
What time is the meeting? I’m flying to Detroit that day for the Comcap19 conference, but would love to be linked in via Zoom if possible. This project is 100% in my wheelhouse, in nearly every way. Pretty sure I can act as a guide to more quickly accelerate you through known hazards and solid directions.
  • May 20, 2019
Stu posted an update to Nurturing Neighborhoods
May 5, 2019
"Def thousands of similar efforts like this, in fact, when I was working with youth to renovate crappy houses in Burlington, there was a similar non-profit (to be clear, I was a for-profit) org called YouthBuild that was doing the same thing. They’re great, but couldn’t move fast enough in the real estate climate. Which was fine, they trained peeps, I hired them. They still exist, and are doing great stuff, and they wanted to partner with me. We did a few things, like they’d refer successful peeps from their program to me for full employment. Worked out great, one org supporting another. But, unless you want to start a non-profit, the only way forward is to keep your options always open, and flex and groove as needed. Personally, it’s worked out very well for me. And I’ve run multiple non-profits over the years. But for personal financial security, I’ve always gone the socially impactful for-profit route. Always working with the non-profits. "

Nurturing Neighborhoods
Women nurturing neighborhoods through community-centric housing development from renovation to acclamation - all while practicing sustainable design and supporting our sisters in the trades.
Stu posted an update to Nurturing Neighborhoods
May 5, 2019
"Yeah, forget about grants, you want to do this as a for profit business. Non-profits can’t move fast enough, and they always have to beg for $. I’ll lay out the method I used as we get further into this.

It’s a good thing, and a bad thing that there’s such a shortage for skilled construction workers. Good thing, the pay is going way up. Bad thing, the pay is going way up. It’ll cost you a lot more than it did with me when I started nearly 20 yrs ago. Good news, if you do what I did, make the job a starting point for young people, you shouldn’t be paying them what you would someone who has experience, they need to learn that. I started my kid construction workers at a reasonable rate, $9 hr back in 2000, to do things like paint, etc that is easy to learn. If they had the aptitude and the desire, I upped it to $12-$14. If they were with me for a year or two, they got $16 hr, and more.

Also, let’s do more of these convos on the visible part of the platform so others can learn as well. I’ll post this there as well, and we can go from there. "

Nurturing Neighborhoods
Women nurturing neighborhoods through community-centric housing development from renovation to acclamation - all while practicing sustainable design and supporting our sisters in the trades.
or you’ll run out of runway.
  • May 5, 2019
Only financial goal was: don’t go bankrupt. Seriously. You must be in survival mode, always or up
  • May 5, 2019
As a realtor I’m able to do mock appraisals to estimate future value. Issue is that there’s no inventory through the regular channels right now. And in the groovy neighborhoods prices are way inflated and the average DOM are less than a week!
  • May 5, 2019
Lauren followed the project Nurturing Neighborhoods
April 30, 2019
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Nurturing Neighborhoods
Women nurturing neighborhoods through community-centric housing development from renovation to acclamation - all while practicing sustainable design and supporting our sisters in the trades.
Stu followed the project Nurturing Neighborhoods
April 30, 2019
1

Nurturing Neighborhoods
Women nurturing neighborhoods through community-centric housing development from renovation to acclamation - all while practicing sustainable design and supporting our sisters in the trades.