Tiny houses could play a big role…

Octavio Castillo paddles a boat down a flooded street to reach the home of his cousin on April 19, 2013 in Des Plaines, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty)

In November I listened to an inspiring interview on NPR’s “The Takeaway”, hosted by John Hockenberry. The discussion was about disaster preparedness – or, more to the point – disaster unpreparedness. The severe weather over the holidays and the resulting … Continued

Paying It Forward Post-Disaster

Mayor Manier of Washington, IL Paying it Forward to Fairdale, IL Kirkland Lions Club Members

Yes, the news can seem dire. Another tornado, a storm, a flood, lives lost, homes destroyed, families and their larger communities devastated. The cameras and news teams leave after the major tragedies are caught on film. Then what happens? Good … Continued

Launching our Marketplace…

  I sit here on this Saturday evening, excited and ready to launch the Close to Home Marketplace this coming week. This project is one that started for me back in 2011. It’s been a really interesting learning journey – … Continued

A Reflection…

We chose the name, “Close to Home”, last summer, during a group brainstorming session within the Seattle business incubator, “Kick”.  We wanted to convey our work at its core – post-disaster housing solutions – available to help keep a disaster-impacted … Continued

Tornado Recovery in Washington, Illinois

A Washington, IL home destroyed by the tornado of November 17, 2013. Jennifer Williams and I are in Washington, IL this week.  Washington was hit by an EF-4 tornado last November 17.  The storm damaged over 1000 homes and we … Continued

Inspiration in Greensburg, Kansas…

On December 30, Rachel visited Greensburg, Kansas, the town that rebuilt sustainably after being hit by a devastating tornado in 2007.  Close to Home continues to find inspiration in the lessons that Greensburg has learned and shares with other communities that are … Continued