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Mulvane Welcomes SUPER GREEN Housing for Seniors

Certified LEED for Homes Silver, Homestead Senior Residences Mulvane Offers 40 Affordable
and Energy Efficient Rental Units for Aging Kansans

Officials from USDA Rural Development, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), the City of Mulvane and Homestead Affordable Housing on June 6th, 2012 celebrated the grand opening of Homestead Senior Residences, a new “Super Green” community offering 40 energy-efficient one and two-bedroom units to seniors. Certified LEED for Homes Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the development incorporates numerous green building practices, such as energy and water efficiencies, low-flow plumbing fixtures, programmable thermostats and tankless water heaters.

“This is the first “Super-Green,” net-zero housing community funded through USDA’s Section 515 program,” said Rural Housing Administrator Tammye Trevi
ño. “It’s a flagship, beautiful development, one we hope to showcase as a best-practice across the country!”


USDA Rural Housing Adminstrator Tammye Treviño celebrates the grand opening
of Homestead Senior Residences in Mulvane. Watch the
video!

In addition to USGBC’s LEED Silver designation, Homestead Senior Residences has been verified by Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems, Inc., a third-party, energy-efficiency engineering and building science consulting firm, to meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Builders Challenge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program and the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Standard – Bronze level.

“The miracle for the seniors of Mulvane is how the resources of the city and state leveraged the $1 million in permanent financing from USDA Rural Development, plus rental assistance,” said Tom Bishop, President/CEO of Homestead Affordable Housing. “The results are average rents, based on senior incomes, which range from $115 to $300 a month. Twenty-six other rural Kansas communities need the same type of housing development tomorrow," said Bishop.

KHRC’s Fred Bentley (right) discusses the growing need
of affordable senior housing  in Kansas.

Additional financing for Homestead Senior Residences included $3.8 million in ten-year Low Income Housing Tax Credits and $450,000 in HOME Rental funds from KHRC, $200,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka’s Affordable Housing Program and a $15,000 energy grant from the Housing Assistance Council. Michel Associates, LTD of Boston syndicated the housing tax credits.

“Housing for seniors is in short supply all across the state, but even more so in South Central Kansas,” said Fred Bentley, KHRC’s Rental Housing Director. “We’re pleased to support an innovative, energy-saving community that addresses the growing need for senior housing and allows aging Kansans to remain active and independent.”

Resident Barbara Walker (above) says the safe room in her  apartment makes her feel secure during storm season. Patty Ingram (below) enjoys the open layout of her
two-bedroom apartment.

Property amenities at Homestead Senior Residences include a large community center that houses a library, computer lab, exercise room and full-sized kitchen for both public and private events. Villa Maria Inc., a not-for-profit licensed skilled nursing facility, will offer tenants regular health screenings, blood pressure checks and diabetic foot care. Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Inc. will host free trainings for tenants on identity theft and financial literacy.

79-year-old Barbara Walker has lived in her apartment for the past three months. Walker says she loves the community’s convenient location, but really appreciates her unit’s safe room. “When it gets stormy outside, there are no steps,” said Walker. “You just open the door and walk inside. It’s very secure.”

77-year-old Patty Ingram says the quality of her apartment is excellent and she enjoys the open layout. “What I really like are the low month utilities,” said Ingram. “Most of us are on a fixed-income, so every dollar helps.”

For more information on Homestead Senior Residences Mulvane, please call 316-680-7889, or visit Homestead Affordable Housing's website at www.homesteadks.org.

To learn more about USDA Rural Development programs, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/KS. For details on housing programs offered by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, visit www.kshousingcorp.org.

GREEN DESIGN FEATURES AT HOMESTEAD SENIOR RESIDENCES MULVANE
Information provided by Guaranteed Watt Savers, Inc.

  • Low-flow showers, bathroom faucets and water closets (toilets) that reduce water usage on average by 20 percent.
  • Highly efficient irrigation system designed to provide only the necessary amount of water based on plant species, shading and recent weather factors.
  • Third-party verified insulation in the walls and ceiling to maximize thermal performance.
  • High energy-efficient air source heat pumps.
  • Engineered duct systems that deliver the exact amount of air required for each room; third party tested to ensure the most efficient performance.
  • Tankless water heater conserves energy by only activating hot water when called.
  • 100 percent Energy Star® appliances including refrigerator, dishwasher, in-unit clothes washer and ceiling fans
  • MERV 8 air filters in HVAC equipment increase trapped particulates to reduce allergens and create a healthier living environment. The homes were also flushed with fresh air for 48 hours before occupancy. A flush out helps remove any built up VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that are naturally found in new carpet, cabinets and paint.
  • Duct registers were sealed during construction activities to reduce dust and contaminants in the duct system improving indoor air quality at the time of occupation.
  • Fiber cement siding, gypsum board and recycled content cabinets were all manufactured in Kansas.
  • 26 percent of construction waste was recycled and diverted from the landfill. EPA estimates that over 30 percent of all landfill waste comes from building construction activities.

 

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