New Pulaski Homes a Celebration of Community and Collaboration

Christiansburg, Virginia — A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating six all-new affordable homes in Pulaski’s Dora Highway neighborhood was held on March 8 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.  

“Your event is a tribute to the pride you take in your community and in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” wrote U.S. Senator Mark Warner about the dedication. “This community saw hard times after the tornado last year, but its resilience is evident…neighbors and strangers are helping each other.  Community Housing Partners and the Town of Pulaski are to be commended for their leadership in recovery efforts.” 

John Hawley, Pulaski’s Town Manager, reflected on the development, stating, “the community has been brought together by this work, and what we have created are not houses, but homes.” 

The dwellings 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 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 housing. Additionally, the energy efficiency measures implemented will improve the comfort, safety, and health of the homeowners.   

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 Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Inc. (FAHE); Housing Assistance Council (HAC); New River Valley HOME Consortium; Town of Pulaski; Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.