Ohio Green Communities Award Youngstown's YWCA Grant
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Apartments for Formerly Homeless Women Proposed to Become Healthier, More Sustainable LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio Green Communities, a collaborative of private, non-profit and state agencies, recently awarded the YWCA of Youngstown$60,000 in grants to rehabilitate apartments in the historic building into eco-friendly, environmentally responsive units for the formerly homeless women and families who currently reside at the YWCA. The grants are in addition to $4.1 million in equity through Ohio Housing Finance Agency's low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program. Built in 1911, the YWCA will offer 30 efficiency and one bedroom units of permanent supportive housing with individual kitchens and bathrooms attached to the units. The renovations, which will replace the current 36 single room apartments, include the use of design principles that conserve energy while retaining the historical architecture, building products made of recycled materials, containment free residential living environments and creative green spaces for the residents' use. These enhancements will provide a reduction of 60 tons of carbon emissions each year for the next five years. "Ohio Green Communities is committed to creating hundreds of affordable, environmentally efficient and healthy apartments for people and families with limited financial resources and special needs," said Mark McDermott, Central Regional Director of Enterprise Community Partners. "With developers, on-the- ground partners and the support of the community, we are helping to build stronger neighborhoods that will assist the resident and provide savings to the organizations who own the properties." Ohio Green Communities consists of the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), Ohio Housing Finance Agency, the Ohio Energy Office and Enterprise's Green Communities Initiative with support from the National City Community Development Corporation. The partnership brings up to $25 million annually throughout the state of Ohio in equity from the federal LIHTC program, grants, technical assistance and additional flexible financing to developers building affordable, energy saving rental housing. "Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing is pleased to be an equity partner in this Initiative," stated Hal Keller, president of OCCH. "It is exciting to retain the historical integrity of the YWCA and yet offer environmentally efficient and attractive affordable housing to those with critical needs." As a part of the Green Communities Initiative, the YWCA, and other Ohio Green projects meeting the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, will include certified Green Community architects on the development team to integrate sustainable aspects into the design. "The Green Communities grant will enable the YWCA of Youngstown to increase the energy efficiency of the nearly 100 year old building slated for renovations in the spring of 2008," said Constance Shaffer, executive director, YWCA of Youngstown. "In addition, improvements will allow for more environmentally sensitive and healthier surroundings for residents, staff and participants, while preserving the building's historic essence. This renovation project will create awareness about the benefits of building green communities that are cost-effective and provide a high standard of living to low-income families." For more information on Ohio Green Communities, visit www.greencommunitiesonline.org/about/programs/ohio.asp Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. For 25 years, Enterprise has pioneered neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested $8 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve 225,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes to create vital communities. Enterprise is currently investing in communities at a rate of $1 billion a year. Visit www.enterprisecommunity.org and www.enterprisecommunity.com to learn more about Enterprise's efforts to build communities and opportunity, and to meet some of the half a million people we have helped. SOURCE Enterprise Community Partners TeAnne Coleman Chennault of Enterprise Community Partners, office, +1-213-833-7988, ext. 32, or cell, +1-301-343-0742, TChennault@enterprisecommunity.org