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Shelter with spirit has provided green building grants, and pro bono architectural services to Central Texas community development corporations with the goals of improving energy efficiency, and indoor air quality in affordable housing for the economically disadvantaged.

East 9th Street - Historic Lopez Home
Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

 
   

Make a DonationIn early 2016 Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation began work on the rehabilitation and remodel of a historically designated home in East Austin.

Shelter with spirit provided a substantial "green grant" to help fund a solar array system consisting of 22 solar panels, with 260 watts of power per panel. This renewable energy technology will help to minimize the occupants electricity costs, and the savings will be sizable over the life of the equipment.

This home will be rented to an individual or family with no more than 50% of the median income for Travis County - for a two person household their annual income cannot exceed $31,150.

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation provides affordable housing in East Austin. These households live on comparatively modest incomes, and otherwise could not afford to live near their work, and certainly could not afford to live near downtown Austin. For more information on this project, or other work by GNDC, please contact Mr. Mark Rogers, or Ms. Cassandra Ramirez, at 512 479-6275.


Father Joe Znotas Street
Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

 
   

In late 2014 the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation relocated and began rehabilitating four historic homes from the Rainey Street district in downtown Austin.  These homes were relocated to the Guadalupe-Saldana "Net Zero" subdivision in East Austin, with the intention of creating affordable, sustainable housing utilizing a community land trust.

Shelter with spirit provided a substantial "green grant" to help fund the acquisition of a very energy efficient, Lennox 16.5 SEER HVAC system.  This system operates at a higher efficiency than required by the Austin Energy "Green Building" program, and it will save the homeowners a substantial amount of money in utility costs over the life of the equipment.

The Guadalupe-Saldana "Net Zero" subdivision will eventually include 29 affordable community land trust homes.  For more information on this community land trust project please contact Mr. Mark Rogers, or Ms. Cassandra Ramirez at GNDC, 512 479-6275.


Waller Street Home
Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

 
   

The home on Waller Street, in East Austin, is the first project where Shelter with spirit has provided funding for a solar array. The renewable energy technology in this home is part of a larger strategy to achieve Austin Energy’s highest “green” rating, five stars.

This is the second community land trust home to be developed by GNDC. GNDC is one of the largest non-profit developers of affordable housing in the Austin community. The prospective homeowners are long-time GNDC renters, so the community land trust development model will enable them to remain in the neighborhood.

Shelter with spirit provided a substantial “green grant” to help offset the cost of the solar panels. The solar array on this home will generate approximately 3,600 kilowatt hours of electricity – on an annual basis – saving the homeowners thousands of dollars in utility costs over the life of the equipment.

For more information on this community land trust project please contact Mr. Mark Rogers, or Ms. Cassandra Ramirez at GNDC, 512 479-6275.


Willow Street Home

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation

 
   

Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation is building the first community land trust home in the state of Texas.

The future homeowner has lived her entire life in the Willow Street area of East Austin.  GNDC has made it possible for this client to own a home in this area of rapid gentrification thanks to the innovative community land trust designation passed recently by the Austin City Council.

Shelter with spirit provided a substantial “green grant” to help defray the cost of using foamed-in-place insulation in this modestly scaled home.  Foamed-in-place insulation has the advantage of filling wall and ceiling spaces completely, providing high R-values and blocking air infiltration and leakage effectively.

For more information on this community land trust project please contact Mr. Mark Rogers, or Ms. Cassandra Ramirez at GNDC, 512 479-6275.


Bastrop Wildfire Rebuild

Mennonite Disaster Service

 
   

The Bastrop wildfire of September 2011 was the most destructive wildfire on record in the State of Texas.  Approximately 34,000 acres and 1,600 homes were destroyed in Bastrop County.

Mennonite Disaster Service, working in collaboration with the Austin Community Design and Development Center, and the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team identified a low income family that needed help in rebuilding their home in Paige, Texas.

Shelter with spirit provided a substantial grant to enable MDS to use spray foam insulation in the subfloor of this home, helping to make this home more energy efficient, and to also provide additional protection against flame spread and smoke development, which is important in this fire prone area.

For more information on Mennonite Disaster Service, please contact their office at 717 735-3536, or mdsus@mds.mennonite.net.


Etta Place Renovation

1 house at a time/A Nurtured World

 
   

The “1 house at a time” program engages and educates individuals, groups and businesses to reduce water and energy consumption and solid waste generation through participation in volunteer hands-on experiences.

Volunteers renovate homes for the economically disadvantaged (e.g., clients of the Meals on Wheels program) to help reduce energy and water consumption.  Renovations generally include basic weatherization, attic insulation, heat management, and installation of energy and water efficient technologies.

Shelter with spirit provided the “1 house at a time” program with a grant to help purchase materials for home weatherization; the grant also provided funding for the purchase of low flow shower heads, faucet aerators, a composting system, and a high efficiency horizontal axis clothes washer.

For more information on the good works of the “1 house at a time” program, please contact Mr. Mike Frisch at
512 745-3692, or e-mail him at mike@1houseatatime.org


East 22nd Street Duplex Renovation
Blackland CDC

 
   

The Blackland Community Development Corporation builds and operates affordable rental housing in East Austin for the economically disadvantaged – for low income families, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities.

Shelter with spirit provided a grant to help defray the cost of using spray foam insulation in this duplex renovation project.  Spray foam insulation has the advantage of filing wall cavities completely, providing very high R values, and blocking air leakage effectively.

For more information on the Blackland Community Development Corporation, please contact Dr. Bo McCarver at 512 474-6009, or e-mail him at bmccarver@austin.rr.com.


Alley Flat Initiative

Guadalupe Neighborhood CDC/ACDDC/UT-Austin

 
   

The Alley Flat Initiative is a joint collaboration between the University of Texas  Center for Sustainable Development, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the Austin Community Design and Development Center.

The long term objective of the Alley Flat Initiative is to create an adaptive and self-perpetuating delivery system for affordable and sustainable housing in Austin.

Shelter with spirit provided a grant to the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation to incorporate spray foam insulation in this 600 square foot, one bedroom cottage located in East Austin.  Spray foam insulation has the advantage of filling wall and ceiling cavities completely, providing very high R-values, and blocking air leakage very effectively.

For more information on the Alley Flat Initiative, please contact Michael Gatto, or Barbara Wilson at 512 220-4254.


Central Texas Affordable Home

Neighborhood Housing Services of Austin

Jobe house

Shelter with spirit has sponsored an innovative, and sustainable design by buildingstudio, with the desire to provide architecturally imaginative choices for non-profit Community Developers, and ultimately homebuyers in the affordable housing market in Central Texas.

This design scheme was based on a program, developed by Shelter with spirit and a local Community Developer, Neighborhood Housing Services of Austin, intended to approach affordable home design differently…to include not only sustainable building ideas, but to also address the need for the design to be informed by contemporary architectural paradigms.

Make a Donationbuildingstudio is a small collaborative firm focusing on inventive and imaginative work, regularly acknowledged in the United States, and abroad, for its design excellence.

buildingstudio was founded with two principles in mind: first, to blur the boundaries between architecture, art, craft and thinking.  Rather than separate disciplines, buildingstudio treats each as essential to the larger realm of building, and coupled with this, their work explores built presence grounded in the experience of the real world; building as realized through a process of critical reflection.

buildingstudio has designed projects in the United States and internationally.  Their work has been shown in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City, the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.


Historic Jobe House

Guadalupe Neighborhood CDC

Jobe house  

The Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC) is a non-profit community based organization created in 1981 to begin revitalization of an area east of downtown. The neighborhoods where GNDC does the bulk of its work are in a four square mile area between I-35 and Pleasant Valley Road, East 11th Street, and the River.

It has been the vision and work of the GNDC to rehabilitate and build rental units, lease-to-own units, and new homes for purchase by qualifying families of the Guadalupe neighborhoods. To date, GNDC has rehabilitated more than fifty homes, enabled thirty-eight families to purchase homes, and built thirty-two new single family and duplex rental housing units in the Guadalupe neighborhood.

Shelter with spirit has provided a small grant to enable the GNDC to purchase a 14 SEER HVAC system for the historic “Jobe house” on East Ninth Street. This system will have a variable speed fan which will improve comfort, and efficiency, and allow continuous air filtering at minimum energy cost.

For more information on the good works of the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, please contact Mr. Mark Rogers at 512 479-6275, or e-mail him at gndc@sbcglobal.net.


Harden Solar Duplex

Blackland CDC

 
   

The Blackland Community Development Corporation builds and operates transitional housing, and housing for low income citizens in the area east of Interstate 35, opposite the main campus of the University of Texas.

The  Harden Solar Duplex, named for original owner Minnie Harden, consists of a  move-on home (the Minnie Harden cottage) and a University of Texas designed and built experimental solar home.

Shelter with spirit provided a small grant to Blackland Community Development Corporation to purchase a high efficiency window air conditioning unit for the Minnie Harden cottage located on East 22nd Street, in East Austin.

For more information on the good works of the Blackland Community Development Corporation, please contact Dr. Bo McCarver at 512 474-6009, or e-mail him at bmccarver@austin.rr.com.



 
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