Last week, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and MetLife Foundation announced the winners of the 2010 MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. The competition, which focused on best practices in green housing for low-income seniors, will award $50,000 in unrestricted grant funds and will be recognized at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging’s annual conference in Los Angeles this fall.
"As the older population grows so does the need for housing that is affordable and healthy and that provides the services older adults need to remain in their communities," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "We are pleased to mark the 15th year of our partnership with Enterprise on the awards program by recognizing four new organizations that are effectively addressing this need and contributing to the health and well-being of older residents and the community."
The winners are:
- Cathedral Square Corporation in Burlington, Vt. for Cathedral Square Senior Living. The 108-unit, 10 story apartment building demonstrates a commitment to innovation, green building and a comprehensive array of support services for Burlington’s low-income seniors. Cathedral Square Corporation provides an array of supportive services for seniors and individuals with special needs in 24 facilities throughout Vermont.
- Northwest Housing Alternatives in Portland, Ore. for the Village at Headwaters. One of Portland’s most sophisticated and environmentally-friendly properties, Village at Headwaters was specifically designed for active seniors 55 years and older to accommodate their ability to age in place.
- Plymouth Housing Group in Seattle for Langdon and Anne Simmons Senior Apartments. A permanent, supportive housing property, The Simmons provides safe, service-enriched homes for formerly homeless seniors and veterans who struggle with mental and physical disabilities.
- Satellite Housing in Oakland, Calif., for St. Patrick’s Terrace. Recently having undergone a complete green rehabilitation, St. Patrick’s Terrace now provides energy-efficient homes for its 62 years and older residents and has been able to drastically reduce its operating expenses.