Bringing Forty Percent of Residents Out of Poverty in a Generation | Net-Zero Urban Village

 Working In Neighborhoods (WIN) strong reputation for developing resident leaders and supporting community organizing efforts to increase transparency, inclusiveness, and social equity in decision-making. This has afforded WIN a longstanding relationship with the South Cumminsville and Millvale communities where we have worked with residents to identify and address issues directly affecting the quality of life in the community. Some examples of these issues include environmental cleanup, foreclosure prevention, redevelopment of vacant homes, improving neighborhood walkability, quality education and employment opportunities, expanding fresh food access, equitable economic development, active transit, and improvements to recreation areas and green space!


Currently, WIN’s community and housing development in the Lower Mill Creek is focused on our “South Cumminsville Out of Poverty” initiative, which aims to bring 40% of residents out of poverty within a generation. Six priority areas identified by the community include employment, education, housing, health/fresh food, walkability/transportation, and safety/beautification. The housing strategy for WIN’s South Cumminsville Out of Poverty Initiative is to develop a Net-Zero Urban Village to stabilize families and the neighborhood by promoting healthy living, economic vitality, sustainable housing, and community infrastructure.WIN’s Net-Zero Urban Village will serve low-income residents traditionally excluded from this energy efficient market.
When complete, the Net-Zero Urban Village project will result in 50 affordable, high-efficiency, owner-occupied single family homes in South Cumminsville that incorporate alternative energy technologies, including 25 new or rehabbed net zero energy usage homes sold to first-time homebuyers, and 25 homes of existing senior homeowners who will receive weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades. Our goal with this pilot project is to create a model that can be replicated in other low-income communities in the region and nationally facing similar environmental and economic challenges as those present in the Lower Mill Creek neighborhoods.
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