The Miraflores project includes affordable housing components and is designed to be dense but walkable with plenty of open space.
Eden Housing’s Miraflores Project, still in the predevelopment phase, is part of a much larger development that includes market-rate home ownership and is designed to be a LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). LEED-ND is the first national standard to attempt to describe and quantify what “green” actually is on the neighborhood scale. LEED-ND integrates the principles of new urbanism, green building, and smart growth into the first national standard for neighborhood design.
The Miraflores project is designed to be dense and walkable, and includes plenty of open space. There is a significant affordable housing component for seniors, a mixture of for-sale and rental units, amenities for kids, creek restoration, and a significant component dedicated to urban agriculture, as well as universally-accessible units for people with disabilities, new bike paths, and plenty of trees and shade. As part of the project, existing soil and groundwater contamination will be remediated on-site.
Eden Housing's podcasts have been very effective in educating stakeholders about topics related to affordable housing.
Affordable Housing Podcast & Resident Training
Eden Housing’s Affordable Housing Podcast is a series of short audio programs that explore the issues and challenges that affordable housing faces today from the federal, state, and local perspectives. Since its creation in 2008, the Affordable Housing Podcast has reached hundreds of listeners through more than 36,000 downloads. The podcasts have been very effective in educating stakeholders about topics related to affordable housing.
Several podcast episodes have focused on “green” topics that demonstrate Eden’s commitment to sustainability and sharing information with the affordable housing community. Some “green” podcast episodes include: “Creating Energy Efficient Buildings through Stimulus Package”, “Green Building," “Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing "MASH" by PG&E." “Promoting healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices," and most recently “Green Buildings: It's not just the buildings, it's how we live in them that matters!: A panel discussion on engaging residents and staff in creating greener communities.” You can hear these and all other Affordable Housing Podcast episodes on the Eden Housing website, or you can subscribe to them on iTunes, free of charge.
In addition to the innovation of podcasts, Eden uses more traditional methods to spread sustainability awareness to residents. To support its conservation goals, Eden has implemented a recycling program with its residents at 100% of its sites. Next, Eden will implement a water conservation program followed by an energy conservation program.