Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Helps Families Thrive
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People's Self Help Housing has been providing affordable housing opportunities to families in Lewis County since 1982. PSHH knows that "affordability" is defined by more than just the mortgage. If a home is energy inefficient, the utility bills become too high for a low-income family to afford. As a result, PSHH has long-built highly energy efficient homes, helping the families they serve to thrive. PSHH has also recently built some of the first affordable homes in the region with renewable energy systems. Given that so many low-income KY families live in energy inefficient homes, combining affordability, efficiency and renewable energy is a recipe for success that benefits everyone.
Shelby Richmond and her family is just one example of how the families PSHH serves succeed.
As winter approached in late 2008, Shelby was worried. The old house she and her three children were living in was nearly impossible to keep warm during the winter months, and the cost of adequately heating the home was more than she could afford. Shelby knew that she and her family could not spend another winter there.
PSHH pushed to get her house completed three weeks ahead of schedule in December. Shelby and her family had to move out of her prior home during a week-long cold spell because it was too cold to stay there even with the heat blasting away. They doubled up with family in very over-crowded conditions which always has ill effects on everybody involved.
The Ricmond family moved into their new home the week before Christmas.The children are doing much better in school now that they have a stable home and Shelby’s pride and self-worth has increased tremendously with her accomplishment of purchasing a wonderful (in her eyes) new home. For the first time, her teenagers are comfortable inviting their school friends to their home.
People's Self Help Housing is a member of the Housing and Homeless Coalition of Kentucky - a KySEA member.