City to receive $500,000 grant for affordable housing

In case you missed the press release, Fayetteville got some awesome news yesterday.

The city, in partnership with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and Fayetteville Partners for Better Housing received word that they were awarded a $500,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation to build 40 Energy Star certified homes for low-to-moderate-income families in the Walker Park neighborhood. The money will also help to extended the trail system into that neighborhood, and to develop a Low Impact Development (LID) Drainage and Engineering Specifications Manual that can be used city-wide, among other things.

Fayetteville is one of just two cities nationally chosen to participate in the three-year, $1 million initiative intended to demonstrate the challenges and successes of implementing lasting sustainability programs at the local level. Charleston, South Carolina will also participate in the program.

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“We look forward to collaborating with The Home Depot Foundation to help working families in our community by providing healthy, affordable housing and low-cost transportation; demonstrating how smart growth can benefit a community economically and environmentally; and providing a national model that can be used successfully in other communities as well,” Mayor Lioneld Jordan said.