Barbara Stokes, founder and CEO of Green Structure Homes of Alabama, LLC (GSH), based in Huntsville, AL, observed a need in her community and across the globe and created a product to meet this need. During and in the aftermath of natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, many people are left without the necessities of life, without food and shelter. Read more about Barbara Stokes at WDRB.com.
As seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had difficulty providing safe, affordable housing for those effected. The housing structures utilized by families were viewed as unsafe. This is where Barbara Stokes, her husband and COO, Scott Stokes, and Green Structured Homes (GSH) of Alabama step in. They have developed a line of temporary, safe, and cost efficient modular homes that can be assembled, onsite, in only a few days. These small homes meet the standards for safety set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As a certified Disaster Relief Construction Contractor, GSH can be called upon in any disaster and these flexible homes can sit on a drive way and can be altered to meet the needs of different size families. GSH was awarded a contract worth $28.5 million by FEMA to provide these homes, which include fire sprinklers and other amenities, such as a working kitchens and bathrooms, allowing for those displaced from their homes to maintain independence and some resemblance of normalcy for the children and families affected by these disasters and allows for the rebuilding of communities. Read more about Barbara Stokes at crunchbase.com.
Recently, Barbara Stokes of GSH announced a new partnership with Skyline Corporation which allows for expansion to 8 facilities for production of these modular homes to allow the company to meet the current and future needs of FEMA and the families that are without homes in the aftermath of a natural disaster.