Make It Right partnered with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana to build sustainable homes on their reservation. The nonprofit pledged to build 20 Cradle to Cradle-inspired, LEED Platinum homes and developed a master plan for the entire reservation, which covers thousands of acres and is home to more than 6,000 people. This initiative will address a chronic housing shortage in the area, where more than 600 people are waiting for housing and multiple families commonly live together in two-bedroom homes.
Architects and designers from GRAFT, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, Architecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes designed five different models after consulting with tribal members, offering solar and geothermal-powered housing solutions with plenty of space for all family members, most of whose income levels are 60 percent lower than the Area Median Income. The designs aim to reflect the community, culture and history of the native people of Fort Peck and offer sustainable solutions to the housing shortage.
The first houses, conceived by prefab green modular homes builder LivingHomes are part of the company’s C6P line, which was inspired by the famous Eichler homes.” Making homes that are smaller and more efficient is a major goal of sustainable design and C6P’s size, 1,288 square feet, is well below the national average of 2,380 square feet for new homes.”