The two Boots that Sunnyside School raised money for can begin at any point. I could use some help getting building materials from Home Depot to Sunnyside playground. However!
I have some pretty hard news to share: I don’t think Bootstrap Homes is helping people enough or in the right ways. I still believe that community-sponsored, beautiful shelter can be a part of the solution to homelessness. I’m going to keep working on the design of the Bootstraps, to make them lighter and cheaper. However, I am not going to supervise the building of any Boots after the two that Sunnyside school raised money for.
If the students choose, the money raised at the fundraiser can go to projects that I feel do more good than the Bootstrap Project: EDAR, Transition Projects, Dignity Village, or 100KHomes.
The design will be freely available for modification and construction. I will continue to maintain this tumblr for the project. I will not be gathering funds for the construction of more, unless I come up with a design and business model that I think fixes the flaws that I’m seeing now.
The main ones are the impossibility of staying in touch with occupants to get feedback or maintain the Boots, and their weight, expense, and lack of maneuverability. I am certainly interested in suggestions.
Thank you all very much for your help and interest.