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Archive - Jan 16, 2013

Affordable and Green: Deanwood's Empowerhouse Showcases Collaborative Approach

With back porches that look out on Marvin Gaye Park, the District's first “net-zero” houses make Ward 7 a showcase for energy-efficiency. While many environmentally friendly designs come with high price tags, Deanwood's “Empowerhouses” are recognized as models of affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity plans six replications of the design in DC alone. The Deanwood collaboration is serving as a model for sustainable community development, and each new Empowerhouse will serve as a hub of local environmental education.

Empower DC works to Organize Public Housing Residents

Over the last ten years thousands of units of public housing in the District, most of them east of the river, have been redeveloped, scattering hundreds of residents to the wind, declares Schyla Pondexter-Moore, a resident of Highland Addition public housing property off Wahler Place SE and Public Housing Organizer for Empower DC.