New Single-Family Homes Important Part of Pulaski's Revitalization

Christiansburg, Virginia — A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating six all-new affordable homes in Pulaski’s Dora Highway neighborhood will be held on Thursday, March 8, 11:00 AM, at the Pulaski Railway Station. The single-family homes were designed by Community Design Studio, LLC (CDS), the architectural arm of Community Housing Partners (CHP), and constructed by CHP’s in-house general contracting team. The Dora Highway New Homes are part of the Town of Pulaski’s Dora Highway Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which was supported with $1.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funds.

The homes range in size from 904 – 1,082 square feet on lots of approximately 1/5 acre each. All homes were built to EarthCraftTM standards, with formal EarthCraftTM certification for each home currently being pursued. By using state-of-the-art green- building techniques and materials, it is intended that residents of these homes will benefit from utility costs being at least 30% lower than that of conventional rental housing. Additionally, the energy efficiency measures implemented will improve the comfort, safety, and health of the homeowners.

"For homeowners in today’s uncertain economy, going green is a highly relevant issue. It's important for the environment, but it's even more important for their bank accounts." said CHP Real Estate Broker Salesperson.

CHP is also responsible for marketing and selling the homes, providing customer intake services, housing counseling, homebuyer education, and lending and down- payment/closing-cost assistance. Preference is being given to homebuyer applicants who live or work in the Town of Pulaski.

“It is our goal to help stabilize and improve a neighborhood in need by creating affordable, sustainable housing opportunities for the community,” explained CHP Director of Homeownership and Principal Broker Kamilia Lawson. “These energy-efficient homes are well-priced and low-maintenance for owners, making them ideal for first-time homebuyers.”

Funding assistance for the Dora Highway New Homes was provided by the Housing Assistance Council (HAC), New River Valley HOME Consortium, the Town of Pulaski, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Wells Fargo.

Speakers at the dedication ceremony will include John Hawley, Town of Pulaski town manager; Elisabeth Willis, a representative of the New River Valley HOME Consortium; Shane Clem, a field representative from the office of Senator Mark Warner; Karen Turner, Senior Vice President at Stellar One and CHP board member; and Janaka Casper, president and CEO of CHP.

Guests will convene at 11:00 AM at the Pulaski Railway Station, where remarks will be given. A bus will then transport attendees free of charge to the Dora Highway neighborhood for the ribbon cutting and guided tour of one of the homes. A reception will follow back at the Railway Station.

About Community Housing Partners: Community Housing Partners (CHP) is a 501(c)(3) community development corporation established in 1975 to serve the needs of low-income and low-wealth individuals in the southeast. Our mission is to create affordable, green, sustainable housing opportunities and services for the people and communities we serve. CHP's activities include sustainable development, architectural design, construction, energy services, homeownership, housing management, and resident and youth services.

CHP is a chartered member of NeighborWorks® America, and a member of both the Housing Partnership Network and the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises. To learn more about CHP, visit www.communityhousingpartners.org.