Inspired by the 2009 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), Essential Housing embodies the six principles of the MOU: : 1) provide more transportation choices; 2) promote equitable, affordable housing; 3) enhance economic competitiveness; 4) support existing communities; 5) coordinate policies and leverage investment, and 6) add value to communities and neighborhoods.
The home, which is on target for LEED certification, will be dedicated at the ribbon-cutting as the model home for Legacy Pointe, a community of 12 homes from the Essential Housing Collection along with a community space. Atlanta’s BeltLine, a 22-mile loop of parks, trails and green space now in development circling the city’s core, passes just yards away from the model home’s front door.
Qualified buyers at Legacy Pointe may be eligible to receive substantial down payment assistance. RRC operates a comprehensive HomeOwnership Center and is certified by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development as a housing counseling agency. The HomeOwnership Center operates on the NeighborWorks America model and adheres to standards established through NeighborWorks America. In addition to Legacy Pointe, the partnership plans to develop similar communities throughout Atlanta and in other cities around the nation to help urban workers find energy-efficient, high-quality homes they can afford with convenient access to their jobs and urban amenities.
Speakers at the ribbon-cutting event will include Karen Jackson Sims, deputy regional administrator for HUD, Alan Farmer, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act division director for EPA’s Region IV, and David Balos, president of Atlanta commercial banking for JPMorgan Chase, along with representatives from DOT, Habitat for Humanity, and the City of Atlanta.