Local company finds federal funds to teach self-construction amidst H2 shortage

Micronesia Community Development Corporation has a new program that helps families build their own homes.


While the shortage of H2 workers may be affecting construction on Guam, one local company isn’t letting this get in the way of progress.  Micronesia Community Development Corporation has a new program for home construction that could be a game changer.

The Micronesia Community Development Corporation has found what they believe to be one solution to the construction labor shortage on Guam. They are teaching self-construction and they have found federal funds for their program. “Micronesia Community Development Corporation has leveraged several federal resources one of those resources are from the United States Department of Agriculture mutual self-help housing program,” said Micronesia Community Development Executive Director Carlos Camacho explains that it’s a program that teaches families how to construct their own home thereby lowering the cost of the home while teaching locals some valuable skills. The families will contribute 65 percent of the labor necessary to build the home. “From their sweat equity that will lower the cost of homes and make it affordable for the families to build,” said Camacho.

Not only do they learn how to build homes they also learn how to work together as a community. “We do this in groups of ten to twenty homes at a time in this particular case we’re doing 13 homes the families will help build each other’s homes from house number one two three up to thirteen,” said Camacho.

The program was launched on June 24th. They started first by teaching the families how to read construction plans and about boundaries and setbacks that meet Guam law. “The last two weekends what I learned was how to measure the lot and how to make a perfect square with the measurements from the floor plan and what my job basically was to transcribe so I just took the measurements down and I told our project building manager the information and then we went off of that and today we are working on my lot so we did some batter boards and we measured from the floor plan as well again and we just worked together as a group,” said Tracy who is one of the participants in the program. Tracy added, “so far I learned a lot and it was very fun and interesting.”

Camacho said, “We build a community we build family friendship there’s gonna be a lot of sweat blood tears when we build this home but in a year from now when we complete these homes we hope when they welcome us for their home coming for their home they will see the fruits of their labor and that will be our success and milestone for these families.”

After these 13 homes are completed the next phase will be a 7 home neighborhood. Camacho hopes to complete a total of 40 homes this summer.