MEXICALI — A new binational partnership has been formed that will bankroll and develop architecture classes for Mexican university students who will design low-cost housing prototypes that will be built by Mexicali factory workers for their personal use.
The partnership is called Self-Help Housing Across Borders.
Members include Tec de Monterrey, a Monterrey, Mexico, university, the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, the University of Arizona and Baja California's state housing agency.
John Mealey, the executive director of the Coachella coalition, said, "We would hope to bring others into it. We would certainly welcome any help from Imperial Valley organizations that want to work with us."
Mealey said the first Mexicali houses will be built on 20 lots donated by the Baja California state housing agency. Factory workers selected by the agency could start building their homes before the winter 2002, he added.