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Rehabbing older affordable housing projects isn’t sexy. Where the Via Verdes of the world inspire, older HUD properties typically underwhelm. That said, affordable housing owners have a responsibility to improve their entire portfolio, and for most operators there is room to improve.
Funding is typically tight and tied to quantifiable energy improvements. Some money is available for accessibility improvements, but it is usually modest. Marketability can be an issue if a property feels old and unloved, but no entity will provide money solely for aesthetic improvements. Since energy use and health are the lenses by which most of these improvements are measured, we must find synergies between energy reduction, resident comfort and aesthetics.