Posted on October 13, 2020 by iwano@_84
Lowe’s Home Improvement store is donating $9.25 million in funding, products and gift cards to organizations in Charlotte to keep “homes safe, healthy and affordable” amid the coronavirus crisis.
Lowe’s announced Tuesday it is making the donations in a combination of funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 local charitable groups and businesses for affordable housing, skilled trades training and technology, the company announced Tuesday.
The Mooresville-based company is extending how it thinks about the word home, company executive vice president of human resources Janice Little said.
Little told the Observer the donations are another step in the company’s efforts to help with community projects. Lowe’s also has an employee volunteer program that has been focused on affordable housing and skilled trades over the last year.
“We really need to make sure that we can support all members of our community,” she said.
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Posted on October 9, 2020 by iwano@_84
Close to half of affordable homes in some of the most expensive areas of England will not be built if ministers proceed with planning reforms, analysis by councils suggests.
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The government’s proposal to scrap the duty of developers, to build affordable housing on sites for up to 40 or 50 homes, would have led to 30,000 of such homes going undelivered over the last five years, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
Some areas likely to be most affected are the least affordable and under greatest housing pressure, the cross-party grouping said.
Elmbridge in Surrey, where the average house price is over £760,000, has 486 affordable homes either built under construction or with planning permission over the past five years. This would be reduced to 271 if the proposed 40 or 50-unit threshold is introduced, the LGA said.
Lewes district council
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Posted on October 7, 2020 by iwano@_84
A Boise nonprofit that has created several pocket neighborhoods with affordable housing has plans for its most visible development yet.
NeighborWorks Boise is looking to build 39 single-family homes — seven detached and 32 attached residences — at the southwest corner of the old Cole Elementary School property, located at Cole and Fairview roads. The project, known as ColeBluff Cottages, would features homes with one to three stories, two to four bedrooms, and square footage between 816 and 1,998.
Each home would have two to four bedrooms and be 816 square feet to 1,998 square feet. Plans for the complex include 16 garages and 55 parking spaces — 25 covered and 30 uncovered.
“We are really excited about this project and to the degree we can honor the site with some our our architecture and different features, remembering what was once there,” Neighborworks CEO Bud Compher told the
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Posted on October 5, 2020 by iwano@_84
Amid a pandemic that has deepened economic hardships for thousands of New Orleanians, city leaders have come up short in their goals to build affordable housing, according to a new report from affordable-housing advocates.
Advocacy group HousingNOLA gave the city’s progress toward creating 7,500 affordable housing opportunities in 2020 a failing grade in a report out this week, saying the various agencies working on that problem have so far created only about 1,500 affordable homes.
New Orleans remains well short of hitting its affordable housing creation goals, six months after ending the worst year for affordable housing…
It’s the worst grade the group has assigned to public agencies charged with creating affordable housing since it began tracking government progress to relieve housing insecurity in New Orleans five years ago. Last year, the group awarded the agencies a D grade.
“This is not simply a COVID grade,” HousingNOLA Executive
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Posted on October 1, 2020 by iwano@_84
KALAMAZOO, MI — The first phase of the Tiny Houses of HOPE project will break ground in Kalamazoo on Thursday, Oct. 8.
The first phase will focus on Kalamazoo’s Northside neighborhood adding six tiny homes and a center for wrap-around services for the nonprofit Helping Other People Exceed (HOPE) thru Navigation.
The $500,000 project has been years in the making as HOPE Thru Navigation founder Gwendolyn Hooker was adamant about creating an affordable housing solution for the population her nonprofit serves.
Related: Affordable tiny home neighborhood planned in Kalamazoo
The tiny homes will be available for those who have been incarcerated, have at least one year of sobriety under their belt and are currently employed. Hooker said she already has 200 candidates in Kalamazoo who fit this description.
Through her work at HOPE thru Navigation, Hooker said she was continually seeing clients couch surfing because they were turned away from
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Posted on September 25, 2020 by iwano@_84
The city of Hamilton is looking into offering up two properties for modular homes, which are homes made in a factory, transported and rebuilt on site. And it wants someone to operate them as supportive housing.
City council’s emergency and community services committee voted Thursday to look at private and public lots that could be used for modular housing. It’s a concept that’s worked in Vancouver, says Coun. Chad Collins (Ward 5, Centennial), and Toronto recently incorporated modular homes into a new plan to ease homelessness during the pandemic.
Collins says they could work fast in Hamilton too. Staff will report back on how to find a property and operator and get modular homes installed within a year. It will also report back on possible ways to get federal funding for supportive housing.
“The benefits are many,” he said. “You can build these units off site. They are transported to
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Posted on September 23, 2020 by iwano@_84
4775 19th St. San Francisco, CA
DESCRIPTION: Major price reduction! With an enviable location in Eureka Valley, this gorgeous 2BD 1BA SFH offers panoramic views, indoor/outdoor living, garage, bonus rooms & expansion potential. Meticulously refurbished in 2019. Chef’s kit w/ breakfast area feat quartz counters, painted wood cabs, ceramic tile & high-end appls. French doors open to deck & lush garden. Bright LR w/ stunning views, tiled gas fplc & built-in bookshelves opens to spacious frml dining room. Primary BD looks out to garden & incl a large closet. 2nd BD w/ City views & walk-in closet. Remod full BA w/ pristine tile & steam shower. Lower level incl bonus rms ideal for expansion/home office, laundry rm w/ w/d, utility sink & cabinets & internal access to garage w/ storage & workbench. Located in coveted
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Posted on May 6, 2020 by iwano@_84
The Heritage, a 6800 square foot home appraised at $895,000, provides a breathtaking example of what the newest home construction technologies and trends are making available to homebuyers through modular homes.
Called the “modular mansion”, this immaculate home is the most recent custom modular home offering from Building Systems Network, a nationwide modular homes builder and designer of custom modular home plans. The Homestead is one of the largest and highest appraised home built by Building Systems Network, and demonstrates the trend in American homebuilding of combining the advanced technologies of the modular building process with hand-craftsmanship and custom finishes to provide luxurious homes at significantly less cost than that required by a traditional site built home.
The Heritage not only demonstrates the elegance and innovation of BSN’s custom modular home designs, but also the infinite possibilities available to homebuyers through modular home technology. Modular homes are constructed in the … Read More
Posted on May 5, 2020 by iwano@_84
Earthbag building (sometimes called sandbag building) is surely one of the lowest cost, most practical building methods. First used by the military for building durable, bullet and blast resistant structures, this building method has recently experienced a surge of interest among do-it-yourself builders. There are now an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 earthbag structures, including homes, offices, shops, schools, temples, clinics, orphanages and even ecovillages.
One of the strongest selling points is affordability. A simple earthbag dome, for example, using recycled grain bags and earth can be built for around $100. A larger, more comfortable home can be built for around $500-$1000. The EarthDome House at Terrasante Village in Tucson, Arizona is just one example.
Earthbags are ideal for owner-builders. The necessary skills for each step of construction can be learned in a few minutes. It boils down to simply filling bags with an appropriate fill material (typically subsoil or gravel) … Read More