The Washtenaw County HOME Consortium will use its grant award to fund Avalon Housing, Inc., a local Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), to construct 30 new units of ENERGY STAR qualified rental housing in an established neighborhood in downtown Ann Arbor.
ENERGY STAR housing units must meet guidelines for energy efficiency established by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and are at least 15 percent more energy efficient.
All units will be certified by an independent HOME Energy Rater (HER) as meeting the ENERGY STAR criteria. The County will ensure that its CHDO uses sustainable site design; installs water conserving fixtures, energy-efficient appliances and lighting; uses environmentally beneficial materials and practices; implements a construction waste-management plan; uses low VOC paints and sealants and formaldehyde-free composite wood; uses mold prevention techniques; and gives residents an instruction manual that provides information on how to maintain the Green features of their homes. All units assisted with the grant award will be affordable to low-income families. Nineteen units are targeted for households at 50 percent of Area Median Income or less and eleven units are reserved for special needs tenants.
For More Information Contact:
Washtenaw County Consortium
110 N. Fourth Avenue