Safe, decent, and affordable housing is limited in Alabama. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates that Alabama lacks over 95,000 available and affordable homes for low-to-moderate income residents. Alabama renters must earn at least $13.66 per hour in order to afford a basic two-bedroom apartment. Alabamians continue to live in a state of crisis given that we do not have the inventory to house all of our residents.
The Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) developed criteria for housing developers, architects, builders, etc. that provide a clear, cost-effective framework for developing affordable green housing in any location throughout the country. Although states and communities are adopting these criteria throughout the country, there is only one certified project in Alabama.
Made possible through the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, the Healthy Homes Alabama Initiative was designed to help ensure that the affordable housing units developed in Alabama are not only affordable, but health-conscious and energy-efficient. Through this initiative developers, architects, builders, and investors will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to incorporate options that produce healthier housing.
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