Megan McDonough is the Executive Director of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. Working for Habitat for Humanity allows her to wear many hats – working with homeowners on mortgage applications, long term strategic planning, supporting fundraising efforts and working with volunteers to plan the construction of our houses. Prior to working at Habitat, Megan worked at the Center for EcoTechnology in their green building programs becoming a LEED AP-Homes and learning about building science. She has a masters degree from UMass Amherst in Regional Planning with a concentration on housing and social issues. She lives with her family in Colrain in a near zero net energy house built by the affordable housing developer Rural Development Inc.
Working with our many partners, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership in Hampshire and Franklin Counties in Massachusetts. We are an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical organization that envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. More recently our local Habitat has been exploring the financial, regulatory, social, cultural and design/construction barriers and opportunities to building small in western Massachusetts.
Big Enough: Pioneering the Small Home Revolution in Western Mass
3:30 Community Vision Stage
We propose to launch more families into the middle class by helping them to become first-time owners of small, simple, green homes with modest monthly costs to live in. Innovations in homebuilding toward energy efficient, compact homes with footprints that occupy very little real estate offer new possibilities for increasing the number of homeownership opportunities among lower- and lower-middle-income families. Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity has been exploring the financial, regulatory, design, and social/cultural challenges to achieving greater production of small homes in Hampshire and Franklin Counties of Massachusetts. Learn more about some of the considerations for building small in Massachusetts. Join our Big Enough Facebook group and share your thoughts or check Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity for more info.