Going green with affordable housing

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Organizations in Centre County are partnering to provide affordable housing that they say will save homeowners and taxpayers money. 

Folks part of the group known as Greenbuild want to build affordable housing in an open area along University Drive in State College. 

These homes would utilize cost-saving green technology. 

Organizers said both families living the homes and the more than 57,000 county taxpayers would benefit from the money saving measures.

Peg Hambrick, chairwoman of Greenbuild, said heating bills in these types of homes are less than $200 a year. 

Electricity costs for the entire home are less than $1,000 a year, according to Hambrick. 

“The way the walls are constructed will certainly enhance not only the energy savings factor but also the quality in the air in the home,” Hambrick said. 

A team from State College Community Land Trust, Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture are among the organizations hoping to make this initiative a reality. 

If approved, construction would cost about $500,000 and $150,000 for purchasing land. 
 
Greenbuild has raised about $100,000 with help from the borough. 
 
Organizers are seeking 90 percent of fundraising efforts by January 15. 
 
They hope to break ground as early as late spring 2017. 
 
 
 

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