COLUMBIA, Md., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) and MetLife Foundation announced the winners of the 2010 MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing, which laud best practices in green, service-enriched housing for low-income seniors. The four winners will each receive $50,000 in unrestricted grant funds to expand their exemplary work in affordable senior housing and will be recognized at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging's annual conference in Los Angeles this fall.
"As the older population grows so does the need for housing that is affordable and healthy and that provides the services older adults need to remain in their communities," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "We are pleased to mark the 15th year of our partnership with Enterprise on the awards program by recognizing four new organizations that are effectively addressing this need and contributing to the health and well-being of older residents and the community."
The winners are:
- Cathedral Square Corporation in Burlington, Vt. for Cathedral Square Senior Living. The 108-unit apartment building demonstrates a commitment to innovation, green building and a comprehensive array of support services for Burlington's low-income seniors.
- Northwest Housing Alternatives in Portland, Ore. for the Village at Headwaters. One of Portland's most sophisticated and environmentally-friendly properties, Village at Headwaters was specifically designed for active seniors 55 years and older to accommodate their ability to age in place.
- Plymouth Housing Group in Seattle for Langdon and Anne Simmons Senior Apartments. A permanent, supportive housing property, The Simmons provides safe, service-enriched homes for formerly homeless seniors and veterans who struggle with mental and physical disabilities.
- Satellite Housing in Oakland, Calif., for St. Patrick's Terrace. Recently having undergone a complete green rehabilitation, St. Patrick's Terrace now provides energy-efficient homes for its 62 years and older residents and has been able to drastically reduce its operating expenses.
"Best practices in independent senior housing include having easy access to public transportation, health and life services," said Melinda Pollack, director, vulnerable populations, Enterprise. "For our seniors with low-incomes, however, adding affordability, on-site supportive services and healthy sustainable homes are equally as important. We thank MetLife Foundation for its consistent focus on this growing area of community development."
Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. For more than 25 years, Enterprise has introduced neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested more than $10.6 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve more than 270,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes to create vital communities. Visit www.enterprisecommunity.org and www.enterprisecommunity.com to learn more about Enterprise's efforts to build communities and opportunity.
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife to carry on its longstanding tradition of contributions and community involvement. Grants support education, health, civic and cultural programs. MetLife and MetLife Foundation have supported Enterprise's neighborhood revitalization activities with grants and loans of almost $60million. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
SOURCE Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.