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Published on April 26, 2024
HUD's Acting Secretary Lauds Philadelphia for Pioneering Green Affordable Housing During Earth Week VisitSource: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Adrianne Todman, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), made her way to Philadelphia this week to give the City of Brotherly Love a pat on the back for its efforts in sustainable housing. In a nod to Earth Week, Todman joined a cohort of local bigwigs, including U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans and State Sen. Sharif Street, to sing praises for a new development that's setting the standard for green living in affordable housing.

The highlight of Todman's trip was a stop at the 83-Development, a shiny example of energy efficiency with its Energy Star and Green Community certifications. "We know that as our country invests in sustainable housing, low-income and disadvantaged communities are often left behind," Todman remarked at a press conference. "Under this Administration, we have invested billions to ensure that affordable housing is similarly efficient, resilient, and sustainable," she said, as reported by HUD's press release.

The 83-Development benefits from solar panels and stormwater retention basins, and comes courtesy of a hefty $30 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant from HUD. It represents a beacon of hope, not just for its 83 units housing residents, but as a message that even the less well-off can enjoy the perks of a green future.

Putting action into words, Acting Secretary Todman, along with state and local officials, planted a tree to symbolize the commitment to green space in affordable housing areas. It was a small, yet hopeful gesture, indicating that Philly's affordable units are turning over a new leaf and embracing nature. Philadelphia's own Kelvin A. Jeremiah, the President & CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, stood side by side with Todman, driving home the partnership between federal prerogatives and local needs.