Greening Affordable Housing: An Assessment of Housing under the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Programs
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Affordable housing programs constitute a significant expense for many local Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership program local government recipients. According to literature, it is sound public policy to use Green building methods in affordable housing programs. The research develops a model affordable Green building program to assess Texas local government Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership recipients' housing construction programs using administrators' perceptions. Following the assessment, the research provides recommendations for improving Green building practice under those programs. The simple, straightforward model is designed for administrators lacking technical expertise in Green building. The model developed could be used as a template for Federal Green building standards under the two programs. Data collected from a Web-based survey of local government program administrators is used. The administrators were asked specific questions about their housing construction programs. Survey results are compared to the model affordable Green building program in order to assess how well local government programs have implemented Green building practices in their affordable housing programs. The data reveals local government programs do not align with the model affordable Green building program. Even so, data reveals the programs are capable of meeting the model requirements given that on most survey responses, a few administrators indicated they followed a particular standard at least most of the time. By following recommendations presented, local government recipients can bring their affordable housing programs closer to the model.