Green Growth, Green Renewal

Developments offer eco-friendly alternative in revival of communities

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The development, which was unveiled in April, features solar roof panels that help reduce energy consumption. Kitchens and bathrooms include Energy Star-qualified appliances and low-flow water fixtures; a new energy-efficient HVAC system (above) provides a more efficient means for cooling the building; and rain barrels are positioned to harvest water. Open spaces were also created throughout the property for community projects, services, and meetings.

Affordable housing residents must be eligible for Section 8 vouchers or a government-aided housing program. Through Section 8, residents pay 30% of the monthly rent, which ranges from $970 for an efficiency to $1,360 for a three-bedroom apartment. Market rate rents for the same apartments start at $1,450 for an efficiency, and reach $2,500 for a three-bedroom. Of the 130 apartments, six are market rate.

For more information about future vacancies and the application process, e-mail the National Housing Trust at kfrank@nhtinc.org.

– Renita Burns

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