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Cost-Effective Strategies for Affordable Housing and Community Facilities

Cost-effective products/tools and services for affordable housing developers, community facilities, CBOs, and community residents to utilize locally that have been successfully deployed

This chapter delineates a powerful opportunity to achieve many solutions and goals to reduce greenhouse gases, build new or rehabilitate building facilities in green, more resilient and sustainable way, use cleantech, and recycled materials, yield big dividends in reducing energy, water usage, and lowering operational, maintenance costs, all the while enhancing indoor environmental health,


This chapter presents a creation of a more comfortable, productive interior space in our residences, community buildings, etc., and help meet the challenges for increasing affordable housing in all regions. There are many distinct advantages to the planners, designers, and builders/ constructors of affordable homes, and community facilities. A decade ago we would not have been able to provide 1/10 of the resources and contacts for these topics, and meritorious examples of best practices, products, efficient tools, and an array of expert services to propel the desired results. What's more, we illuminate a wide variety of grant, sponsorship, debt, equity, and unconventional financing resources-- from many types of institutions,  private-public, federal, state and local governments, and non-profits We are lucky to be in California,  with our governmental leaders informed and motivated to assist enlargement of affordable -housing, fostering green building, which is one of the largest target sectors for reducing utility consumption, and reducing greenhouse emissions, yet enhancing the quality of life simultaneously.

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For Chapter 2, Affordable Housing/Communities

This case study explores how “Smart Growth” created a range of housing choices in the Hismen Hin-No Terrace, which is a Low income-housing community in Oakland, California.  

Other Principles highlighted were

  • Mix land uses

  • Compact building design

  • Walkable neighborhoods

  • Distinctive and attractive places

  • Direct development toward existing communities

  • Variety of transportation choices

  • And finally, Community and stakeholder participation

Smart Growth is generally defined by 10 principles developed in 1996 by the Smart Growth Network, a partnership of real estate and development, environmental, historic preservation, affordable housing, public health, government, and other organizations. The principle highlighted by this case study was a “range of housing choices”. 

"Create A Range Of Housing Choices Case Study: Hismen Hin-Nu Terrace, Oakland, California | US EPA". US EPA, 2014, Accessed 19 Sept 2020.

Resource Guide &

Case Studies

This Resource Guide outlines non-profit funding resources, templates, funding opportunities, case studies, free or cheap resources for fundraising, and more. 

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Chapter 2

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