Utility Fees Applied by Quinn Administration to Boost Energy Efficiency; Green Economy
RRIVERDALE ï¿½ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley visited a large residential unit under rehabilitation at 335 W. 138th Street in Riverdale today, to showcase the State's efforts to make affordable housing more green and energy efficient. Director Ribley was joined by State Rep. Will Davis (D-Harvey), Riverdale Mayor Deyon Dean and Pastor Gerald Glasper of Rhema Word Full Gospel Church in Riverdale.
"Affordable housing must be energy efficient to be truly affordable," said Director Ribley. "No matter what neighborhood you live in, energy-efficient, affordable living should be available. Governor Quinn and I are dedicated to working with utilities and developers to provide these options to everyone."
Under Governor Pat Quinn, DCEO has more than doubled the Illinois Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program budget from approximately $1.5 million to $4 million, with plans to increase the available funding in 2011 to $5 million. The program is paid for through two dedicated, non-general revenue funds: the Illinois Energy Now/Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard program, which is funded by the ratepayers of ComEd and Ameren; and the Energy Efficiency Trust Fund, with dedicated contributions from the state's utilities and suppliers.
"We have to ensure that all of the people of Chicago, including the South Suburbs, benefit from our state's economic recovery, and I'm proud to partner with the State's economic development agency on bringing the promise of the green economy to even our most needy citizens," said Rep. Davis.
Since 1988,when the Illinois Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Program was initiated, the program has provided higher efficiency housing to more than 5,500 low income families who now live in:
ï¿½ 108 multi-family buildings (2,279 units) that have received major rehab,
ï¿½ 48 multi-family buildings (2,281units) that are new construction, and
ï¿½ More than 1,000 new homes.
Under this Program, grants are provided to Illinois-based non-profit and for-profit housing developers to include energy efficient building practices in the rehab or new construction of affordable housing units. Average energy savings range from 50% to 75%.
The program identifies cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities present in rehab and new construction, shares those opportunities with developers, architects and builders, and maximizes savings by treating each home as a system, focusing on energy efficiency, indoor air quality and occupant comfort.
Riverdale Senior Apartments is a 55-unit building that has been vacant since 2006. Turnstone Development Corporation is currently renovating the property to provide 52 units for seniors aged 62 and older.
This DCEO grant of $202,000 will help offset the cost of installing numerous sustainable features, including higher insulation levels, incorporation of Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient windows and high-efficiency heating systems, which will collectively contribute to reduced energy expenditures for residents throughout the apartment complex. Specifically, the window systems will include double glazing and a low-E coating that will contribute to energy savings. The window frames and panes contain reclaimed wood fiber and reclaimed glass components.
"We thank all of our partners, including the State, the Village, and the County, for supporting our efforts to build affordable housing that is energy efficient, and to turn a blighted area into a beautiful neighborhood again," said Alicia McCray, Chairperson for Turnstone Development.
In addition to the rehab, community-based service providers will provide support for the future residents of this building through new tenant orientation; service coordination; crisis intervention; daily living skills assistance; on-site nursing and wellness care entitlement programs assistance and transportation.
The Illinois Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Program is administered by the Illinois Energy Office at DCEO. More information is at
www.illinoisenergy.org. A complete list of current projects follows:
Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House
8425 S. Saginaw Ave.
Cook County Housing Development (Turnstone)
Riverdale Senior Housing
335 W. 138th St.
East St. Louis Housing Authority
2630 Lincoln Ave.
East St. Louis
Green HFH Action Group
Washington St., Park Ave
Mercy Housing Lakefront
Harold Washington, Eastwood Apts.
4946 N Sheridan,
Brownlow, Belton, Sullivan Arms NFP
Hancock House Senior Apartments
12045 S. Emerald
Holiness Homes of Vision, Inc.
8216 S. Racine
Interfaith Housing Dev. Corp of Chicago
Branch of Hope Apartments
5628 - 5630 S. Halsted
Lawndale Christian Development Corp.
Dr. King Legacy Apartments
3800-3834 W. 16th
Montgomery County Reg. Growth & Dev. Corp
1121 N. Van Buren,
214 N. Broad St.
Wrightwood Senior Apartments
2801-2825 W. 79th St.
Victory Center SA
9215 S. Burley
Preservation of Affordable Housing
6200 S. Cottage Grove
Senior Suites Chicago Wright Campus, LLC
Autumn Green at Wright Campus
4255 N. Oak Park Ave.
TPA Fox Lake, LP
Thomas Place Senior Housing
27292 Nippersink Rd.
Housing Authority of the County of Shelby, Illinois
SW corner of Vandalia & Independence
Prairie Meadow Homes
W. Orange & S. Market St.