There are three persistent problems that Greenville’s poverty-level residents face every day, says Don Oglesby, CEO of Homes of Hope.

They need affordable housing that is energy-efficient. They need housing that appreciates in value. And the men graduating from Homes of Hope’s training programs need better jobs.

Oglesby hopes to solve all three problems with Homes of Hope’s new LoCAL Housing program initiative, launched with a “virtual groundbreaking” at Zen. Short for “Long-term, Compact, Affordable, LEED-Certified,” the LoCAL Housing initiative will provide poverty-level families with energy-efficient houses with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification. Men participating in Homes of Hopes’ job-training program will assist in construction, receiving training in LEED certified construction, which the organization hopes will give them more opportunities for future job success.

Homes of Hope, a faith-based organization that provides affordable housing to local residents as well as job training for men struggling with addiction, will build two houses on lots in West Greenville, said Jordon Weldon, director of community relations for Homes of Hope. Construction should begin shortly, she said.

The LoCAL Housing development will consist of panelized houses, made of prefabricated panels manufactured in factories and brought to the construction site. The houses will be made available to households earning as low as $950 a month and with mortgages as low as $225 a month, Homes of Hope said.

The nonprofit, which in 2010 completed the Kings View Pointe project, converting the Queens Court neighborhood into a development of duplexes and single-family homes, has gotten sponsorship from Upstate Forever, USGBC-SC and Greenville Forward for the LoCAL Housing project.

“Homes of Hope has taken the vision for affordable housing and turned it into a reality that holds tremendous promise for the future of Greenville,” said Russell Stall, Executive Director of Greenville Forward. “Not only will LoCAL provide an answer for the prevalent problems facing poverty-level families today ‘ it will give the men mentored and trained by Homes of Hope even more of a foundation for future success.”

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