Jim Gramata



Jim Gramata

CHIP Housing Business Mission & Vision and Goals

Our mission is to build and manage sustainable, durable and affordable rental apartment buildings on abandoned in-fill lots for low to moderate income residents in Chicago.

“Community based housing on a small scale with a big impact.”

The current housing shortage in this state is a drag on our economy and is a barrier to climbing the socio-economic ladder for hundreds of thousands of families in Chicago and Illinois.  My business model seeks to offer solutions to the socio-economic challenges our neighbors struggle with each day.  It is a call for a collaborative effort from innovators, activists, religious leaders, politicians, community leaders, builders, local non-for-profits and all civic leaders and socially responsible citizens engaged in this critical threshold we face in providing healthy, sustainable and affordable housing in Chicago.

It will be part of a global movement using business as a force for good. Our social enterprise mission is to positively disrupt the current building methods for low to moderate income residents in Chicago by providing healthy rental housing at the micro-level on vacant and abandoned in-fill lots in Chicago. We will build and manage sustainable and affordable community-based housing on a small-scale with a big impact.

It is our hope these efforts will provide community stabilization through manage growth by building affordable housing in a managed way so that existing residents are not displaced from their neighborhood as the community benefits from growth. As a community begins to experience economic development, so often the target market are people from outside the neighborhood coming in and displacing the longtime community residents. Not always intentionally, but time and time again without a managed-based business plan the end result will inevitably displace residents as housing becomes too expensive for them to remain in there homes.

To this end, our model will revolutionize the housing manufacturing and fabrication model. It will be built sustainably by challenging the current unsustainable resource consumption model of the construction industry. Each home will eventually generate enough energy onsite to support the occupants and to sell back to the utility companies the excess energy as another revenue stream for the business model.  Many of the trades used to construct the homes will be drawn from the communities where they are built. The housing life cycle includes training, jobs, and economic prosperity within the community with both training and capital staying in the community. 

Our vision is that our affordable modular housing will one day be fabricated in our own advanced digital manufacturing facility utilizing robotics where vocational job training will take place to educate and teach workforce development skills including automation technology to local high-school students, recent graduates and community residents seeking to learn trade skills on how to fabricate (off-site) and install (on-site) the affordable apartment modules within their neighborhoods. 

Each of these in-fill housing sites will be a miniature power producing “plant” that will produce the renewable energies on site through solar roof systems, wind turbines on the external walls, rainwater and gray water management onsite and the geothermal heat underneath the buildings. They will generate enough energy onsite to support the occupants and to sell back to the utility companies the excess energy as another revenue stream for the business model.