The tribes are in the process of preselecting the tenants to live in the homes and conducted a lottery system among the 127 applicants. The tenants will ultimately be able to own the homes.
“We’ve had a fantastic application run and are now working on certification (of residents),” said Deb Madison, a board member of the tribes’ company, Integrated Solutions. The company is the developer of the homes, which were designed by foundation architects with input from Assiniboine and Sioux tribal members.
“Each home has a fireplace. That’s what the community asked for,” said Brian Abramson, co-founder of Method Homes, the Ferndale, Wash., company that built and shipped the 18 modular homes. “They’re super-insulated and no toxic chemicals were used in the paint, adhesives and finishes.”
The Kohler Co. provided the plumbing supplies and Shaw Flooring chipped in with their products. The homes built with the materials far exceeds the standards of any low-income government home, foundation officials said.
The tribes are completing work on the water and sewer lines and Montana Dakota Utilities is hooking up the electricity and gas lines. MDU is also considering the construction of a solar farm in the area, which would be the only one in Montana if built, Madison said.
Method Homes completed the first Make It Right home in May and trucked it to the Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles in late May. The conference, sponsored by Dwell magazine, is America’s largest design event and features designs with cutting-edge technology.