The foremost affordable housing charity in the world proved the method: unskilled volunteers can be enticed to pay to travel to another continent, make a cash donation, then contribute sweat equity (physical labour) to construct a truly affordable home for a needy family.
A few modifications to Habitat for Humanity’s proven model can serve a similar purpose. Make it a summer experience and training project for youth. Cut the intercontinental travel back to biking distance. Reduce the scale of the product by targeting a slightly different clientele.
And there you have it, a Kitchener, Ontario 2020 project: Read more at the CBC: Teens spend summer building tiny homes at St. Mary’s Catholic Church