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Eco-Friendly Townhomes Highlight Affordable Housing Month

November 14, 2008

Highland Park, IL – The "eco-friendly" home of the future can be found right here in Illinois. Today, a ribbon-cutting ceremony introduces fourteen townhomes in Highland Park that are easy -- both on the environment and on a buyers' wallets.

Executive Director of the Highland Park Community Land Trust, Rob Anthony, says these homes emphasize the importance of "Affordable Housing Month" in Illinois, with goals of increasing the state's resources for the development and preservation of affordable housing.

"One of the reasons this project is so exciting is that it brings together all the 'buzzwords' in affordable housing and planning. It incorporates affordable housing, transit-oriented housing, green construction."

The homes feature energy-efficient appliances and geothermal heating and cooling; Anthony points out they're also located within blocks of public transit.

"It is more expensive to build in things like geothermal heating and cooling but, in the long run, the community will benefit from that asset. This will be affordable housing for generation after generation."

Bob Palmer, policy director for Housing Action Illinois, sees the townhome development as a model for what could come in the future.

"It's very important that we support organizations developing new affordable housing units, so we can move toward our goal of making sure that everyone has an affordable roof over their head in Illinois."

The "eco-friendly" homes are priced at 40 to 60 percent below market value, and prospective buyers must meet income guidelines.

Mary Kuhlman/David Law, Public News Service - IL