Let me briefly introduce myself as HUD's new Regional Director in Philadelphia. I am honored that the Secretary has appointed me to serve in this capacity. I join HUD after representing clients in real estate, business and civil litigation for more than 19 years. Operating my own law office, I provided legal services to municipal and county government offices as well. I also served on the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors for eight years, performing as the Chair for two of those years.
I'll be making my first official public appearance at our upcoming FREE Homeownership Clinic on Saturday, August 18 at the Temple University Student Center in Philadelphia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Clinic is designed to help people make the right choices when financing their largest investment, their home.
In the meantime, August is coming up "green" for HUD in more ways than one as you'll see by some of the stories we're sharing in our quarterly newsletter this month. HUD just recently rolled out a nationwide pilot program to encourage owners of multifamily Section 8 properties to rehabilitate and operate their buildings using "green building" principles. This program emphasizes a combination of sustainability, energy efficiency, recycled materials, and indoor air quality -all part of the healthy housing approach pioneered by HUD's Healthy Homes Initiative.
We hope you'll be inspired by some of our newsletter items to take up the "green" movement to preserve the resources of our great nation. I look forward to working with you on this and other Administration initiatives in the coming months.
Color It Green
Green is the color of money, right? Well, it's also becoming the color of affordable housing. Around the country, HUD partners are using HUD dollars to build housing that's not just affordable, but also energy efficient and, thus, even more affordable. Like a project completed by Community Housing Partners, Inc., and the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia that was one of just six to win a 2007 Energy Star Award of Excellence. Read more about Color It Green
Green Beans, Green Living
It took a lot of barbequed chicken with sides of green beans and potato salad, but the Galen Terrace Residents Association finally raised enough money to purchase, with help from the Enterprise Foundation, the government of the District of Columbia and HUD, their 83-unit apartment complex in southeast Washington. Even better, a property that was long one of the City's most deteriorated and troubled is now, thanks to extensive renovations, the very first to comply with the District's "green building" code. Read more about Green Beans, Green Living
Ready for your affordable housing organization to "go green"? Then start saving today at the new, on-line Quantity Quotes bulk purchasing service just launched by the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and HUD. It offers housing authorities, affordable housing sponsors and other HUD partners a one-stop, e-shop for Energy Star products and appliances at competitive, bulk purchase pricing. And it doesn't require special software. So, start shopping and start saving today at Quantity Quotes.
Speaking of Which...
Don't forget HUD's free Webcast from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 13th on Energy Star, Green Building and Board. Register online at www.energytraining.com
The coal company store on Route 17 in Ashland, West Virginia once was, wrote a Bluefield Daily Telegraph columnist, "the core of the local social and economic life" of the community. But then the coal company left. It's still gone, but now Beautiful Appalachian, Inc. - a non-profit committed to heritage tourism - has used HUD and private funds to renovate and re-open it to "open a door to the past" for visitors exploring the history of coal and the culture of Appalachia. Read more about Grand (Re-)Opening
It's a first-of-the-kind for central Pennsylvania-a fully-accessible, very affordable 12-unit rental complex for persons with disabilities in Swatara Township. And if strong foundations make for a strong project, that strong foundation is a direct result of a strong partnership of local, state and Federal agencies. Read more about First Place