With major support from Rebuild Wine Country and Medtronic, nine fire survivor families will move into disaster resistant cottages as part of initiative led by world renown Katrina Cottage designer Marianne Cusato of Cypress Community Development Corporation.
The Sonoma Wildfire Cottages Initiative was announced in 2018 as a pilot program to showcase and compare the construction industry’s most innovative building technologies, while delivering shelter to families who lost their homes directly or indirectly due to the October 2017 wildfires. The initiative was launched when Medtronic committed to providing land on their Fountaingrove campus to host the build.
The goal of the Sonoma Wildfire Cottages Initiative is threefold:
1. Confront the epidemic of housing insecurity through a built case study of four different modern construction approaches to introduce real and attainable solutions that can be applied throughout the State of California and nationwide.
2. Provide attainable housing for families impacted by the 2017 wildfires and a stabilizing “hand up” for a path toward homeownership.
3. Inform the rebuilding process today and help communities throughout California and nationwide prepare for future disasters by showcasing innovative housing solutions and preparing an outline of lessons learned.