Innovative Building Practices Recognized at Rural Sustainable
Housing Awards Ceremony at National Rural Housing Conference
Contacts: Janice Clark, Housing Assistance Council, (202) 842-8600
Carolyn Branton, Housing Assistance Council, (404) 892-4824
Washington, D.C., December 14, 2010 – The first Rural Sustainable Housing Development Awards were announced by the Housing Assistance Council during the 2010 National Rural Housing Conference in Washington, DC earlier this month. These awards recognize local rural housing organizations that foster affordable, sustainable, and innovative building practices. The 2010 recipients were:
- Frontier Housing, Morehead, Kentucky
- Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation, Logan, Utah
- Umpqua Community Development Corporation, Roseburg, Oregon
HAC’s Rural Sustainable Housing Development Awards, supported by The Home Depot Foundation, were presented this year for the first time. All the awardees have incorporated green, healthy, and replicable elements in affordable rural housing development. Frontier Housing was recognized for its land use and site planning innovations; Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation for its exceptional special needs housing; and Umpqua Community Development Corporation for its historic preservation and renovation techniques.
“HAC salutes these organizations’ efforts in promoting the spirit of sustainability, community, and enhancing people’s lives and the affordable housing industry’s success,” said Moises Loza, executive director, Housing Assistance Council. “The Rural Sustainable Housing Development Award is HAC’s way of saying thank you to these organizations and supporting their significant contributions to rural communities and low-income families.”
As part of its Green Building/Healthy Homes Initiative, HAC pairs capacity building grants with training and technical assistance activities and publications. The programs supported by these grants include single-family and multifamily housing development, as well as housing rehabilitation.
About the Housing Assistance Council
Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Housing Assistance Council is a national nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping local organizations build affordable homes in rural America by providing below-market financing, technical assistance, research, training, and information services. HAC's programs focus on local solutions, empowerment, reduced dependency, and self-help strategies. HAC is an equal opportunity lender. To learn more about HAC’s Green Building/Healthy Homes Initiative, visit www.ruralhome.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation (Created in 2002)
The Home Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and preserving healthy, affordable homes as the cornerstone of sustainable communities. The Foundation's goal is for all families to have the opportunity to live in healthy, efficient homes they can afford over the long-term; to have access to safe, vibrant parks and greenspaces; and to receive the economic, social and environmental benefits of living in a sustainable community. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $190 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 95,000 homes, planted more than 1.2 million trees, and built or refurbished more than 1,875 playgrounds, parks and greenspaces. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org ,follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.