The Center for Applied Innovation, LLC Team has a unique and proven capability to provide the complete complex emergency planning, response on-site coordination and recover support through all phases of complex emergencies globally.
Our implementation approach supports humanitarian assistance operations by providing employment for the impacted indigenous population and improving the quality of life for the indigenous residents.
Enhanced Capabilities for Support Across the Complex Emergency Response Continuum
In addition to facilities support, our optional operations support packages provide “Stand Alone” deployable capabilities including assessments, construction, security, durable internal worldwide communications packages, and follow on management and support of our projects. Key capabilities and services can be individually sources or as Integrated Support Packages:
- Permanent cottage-style self-supporting facilities in support of humanitarian assistance and stability operations, worldwide.
- Self-sufficient Stand Alone Communications Package from small teams to wide area coverage of 250+ users per module.
- Security Coordination Element and Team
- Air, land, and sea supply chain management support for response logistics partners, donors and host nation.
- Liaison Teams to Inter-Agency (IA), Multi-National (MN), Non-Government Organization (NGO), International Organization (IO), Private Volunteer Organizations (PVO) and Host Nation (HN) intervention partners.
The "Jewel Box Home" Pocket Neighborhood Concept
Whether it is re-establishing neighborhoods following a natural or mad-made disaster or establishing affordable housing to build communities, Jewel-bx houses using the Pocket Neighborhood concept is a sustainable approach.
While an attractive approach to owners wishing to down-size or have the ability to relocate frequently, current wave of "tiny homes" is not normally in the best interest of communities. They may require reductions in or exemptions from local zoning and codes. While tiny homes built in cities can be connected to a sewer system for modern plumbing needs, many owners choose composting toilets so they can move anywhere without worrying about connections. For those who use the toilet full-time, a couple living in a tiny house may need to clean it out about once every 6 weeks.
Financing is another consideration, particularly during recovery. For those who can’t afford to buy or build a tiny house for cash, getting a loan is more challenging than it is for other home buyers. It usually isn’t possible to take out a mortgage loan because banks don’t consider a tiny house to have enough value to make good collateral. Some tiny house buyers are able to finance their houses with personal loans while others borrow money from friends and family members. There remains some question if Federal or other grants will cover the cost of these tiny houses.
Perhaps the greatest impact is on the communities themselves.
Tiny homes normally accommodate one to two persons, are portable by their nature, and have limited space. They are not conducive to families that are the foundation on which strong communities and economies are built. The limited space reduces the storage of consumables and does not accommodate major purchases in terms of appliances and other household items. The impact on local community businesses is that their customer base is a "tiny purchase one" that cannot sustain development of small businesses in the surrounding area. Statistically, there is a higher turnover of single bedroom homes and apartments than any other units so full featured one bedroom or two bedroom structures attract populations who stay to build the community or move to larger homes within communities as they build their careers.
In short, "Tiny Houses" are living spaces while "Jewel Box Houses" are homes.
Jewel Box Homes
Pocket neighborhoods are clustered groups of neighboring houses gathered around a shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley — all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship. They can be in urban, suburban or rural areas.
These are settings where nearby neighbors can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with far-flung families can find friendship or a helping hand nearby, and where children can have shirttail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate.