HUD secretary highlights energy efficiency at Baltimore affordable housing

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan visited Poppleton Phase II Apartments Friday to highlight how the development is promoting energy efficient innovation and creating jobs in Baltimore, supporting President Barack Obama‘s goal of helping America “Win the Future.”

Secretary Donovan, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake toured and held a press conference at the 86-unit apartment complex that received $1.56 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’s Assisted Housing Green Retrofit Program. The Green Retrofit Program is providing funding for the installation of high-efficiency heat pumps for heating and cooling, new high-efficiency windows, a EnergyStar cool roof with added insulation, low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucets, and EnergyStar gas water heaters, refrigerators and bathroom exhaust fans for dozens of low and moderate income families.  The project was jointly developed by the Poppleton Cooperative, a client of Maryland Legal Aid.

When the project is complete at the end of this year, 180 jobs will have been created for Baltimore-area residents directly from the project’s funding. Additionally, many more clean-energy jobs will be created through the University of Maryland’s BioPark, a new $300 million biotech campus that is situated near the Poppleton Phase II Apartments.

“The Poppleton Phase II Apartments is a reminder of the targeted investments that President Obama spoke about during his State of the Union speech this week,” said Secretary Donovan. “This development represents the type of innovation we need, by bringing clean energy investments to the homes of many low-and-moderate income Americans who will be able to save hundreds of dollars on their utility bills for many years to come I am delighted to have visited the development today to see an example of how communities across America are renewing their commitment to securing prosperity for ourselves and future generations of Americans.”

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