The Huffington Post (03/23/16) Benfield, F. Kaid
Although there exists a persistent stigma associated with affordable housing in the U.S., especially with publicly subsidized housing, there is hope it will be quashed by new-generation development projects. They include subsidized units priced to be affordable to low-income renters that also have high-quality design and features and amenities that could appeal to just about anyone in the market for apartment living. In addition, they are environmentally friendly. The Rose development in Minneapolis has 90 apartments in two buildings. Forty-seven apartments are offered at subsidized rates to qualified residents, and 43 are market-rate. Seven of the subsidized units are reserved for residents who have experienced long-term homelessness, and 15 are “section 8” apartments where tenants pay 30 percent of monthly income for rent. The Rose's outdoor amenities include a community garden, and a courtyard with “a lawn, a play area, a play surface that meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards, a rain garden, a patio with grills, a fire pit, and seating.” Indoor amenities include a fitness center, a yoga studio, and resident lounges, with floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize light and views. Meanwhile, the mixed-income Paseo Verde project in Philadelphia exemplifies the benefits of green neighborhood-scaled developments, which earned platinum ratings from LEED-ND and LEED for Homes.