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Providing low-cost solar electricity to underserved communities
4/12/2017
Providing low-cost solar electricity to underserved communities
With some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in Colorado, it’s not surprising that residents of Grand Junction lacked access to energy-efficient alternatives to lower utility costs. Housing Resources of Western Colorado teamed up with a local utility company for a solution.
Healthy homes, healthy residents
4/12/2017
Healthy homes, healthy residents
Minnesota’s older homes were plagued by hazards such as pests, mold and lead leaving homeowners in unhealthy conditions. In response, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership took a health-first approach in its rehab and new-construction projects, integrating green and healthy features into its designs. 
Making mortgages affordable and accessible for first-time homebuyers
4/11/2017
Making mortgages affordable and accessible for first-time homebuyers
Condominiums can be an affordable alternative for low-income families in Hawaii’s pricey housing market.  But it can be difficult for first-time homebuyers to secure loans. Hawaii HomeOwnership Center organized a way for borrowers to buy and maintain a home. 
Restoring neighborhood vitality and improving resident health
4/11/2017
Restoring neighborhood vitality and improving resident health
The Old Hill neighborhood was plagued with abandoned houses and vacant lots. Way Finders developed a comprehensive plan called the Healthy Hill Initiative to transform it into a true place of opportunity. 
A self-sustaining business model delivers greater success for clien...
4/11/2017
A self-sustaining business model delivers greater success for clients and organizations
Low-income residents throughout New Mexico face challenges that can prevent them from buying a home, like lack of financial stability and limited knowledge of the homebuying process. Homewise takes a step-by-step, simplified approach to help low-income families overcome these barriers.
Building a community from the ground up
4/10/2017
Building a community from the ground up
The West Granite neighborhood of Manchester, NH was full of abandoned properties and even occupied properties were in serious disrepair in 2008. In addition, a neighborhood survey revealed that residents felt unsafe. The neighborhood needed reinvestment to clean up the buildings and instill a sense of neighborhood pride.
Thoughtful design allows aging in place
4/10/2017
Thoughtful design allows aging in place
Some 80 percent of people aged 45 and older want to remain in their homes as they age, yet many of their houses were built for people who function independently. Older residents are more likely to live in homes that require substantial modifications and are less energy efficient than newer homes.
RAPIDO: Disaster recovery housing for the 21st century
4/7/2017
RAPIDO: Disaster recovery housing for the 21st century
Disaster recovery has been a challenge in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Six years after Hurricane Dolly hit the valley in 2008, residents were still waiting for assistance, many of them among the poorest in the country. Their semi-rural subdivisions lacked potable water, sanitary sewage systems and adequate roads.
Photo Voice: Nurturing community engagement through the creative pr...
4/7/2017
Photo Voice: Nurturing community engagement through the creative process
To foster community engagement, pride and cohesiveness through an artistic project that puts digital cameras and training in the hands of residents in a Rutland, VT neighborhood struggling with drugs, crime and poverty.
Building bridges to success for immigrants
4/6/2017
Building bridges to success for immigrants
Securing an affordable home is challenging for low-income people, particularly for immigrants, who can be exploited by unscrupulous landlords. Lack of English proficiency and information are barriers to accessing assistance. Unfamiliarity with the U.S. banking system hinders immigrants' ability to obtain loans and can prevent them from prospering.
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