Habitat for Humanity planning low-income eco-village in River Falls

Habitat for Humanity is planning an eco-village - the first of its kind in the nation - to provide environmentally friendly, affordable housing in River Falls, Wis. Full Story
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I need affordable housing

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jul 31, 2010
..........but not just anywhere......I like the Malibu shoreline or maybe a little couple of acres to call home, on the coast south of Kihei!

I need fresh sea air to lift my spirits!

But I can't afford it either place....so I must be poooooooorrrrrr

(most "affordable" housing is called......RENTING AN APARTMENT......dummy)
Good work

Eau Claire, WI

#2 Jul 31, 2010
Thanks for all the effort on this project. I hope will serve as an example of affordable and safe housing that is built with long term cost savings in mind.

Thanks Professor Kain and all who have contributed to this.
Good work

Eau Claire, WI

#3 Jul 31, 2010
Thanks for all the effort on this project. I hope this development will serve as an example of affordable and safe housing that is built with long term cost savings in mind.

Westcap has already worked on one house that demonstrates new money and energy saving technology. I look forward to watching how this development works.

Thanks Professor Kain and all who have contributed to this.
Pizza Boy

Hudson, WI

#4 Jul 31, 2010
I hope the development comes with a police sub-station.
Dave

Plymouth, MN

#5 Jul 31, 2010
Where does the Meth Lab go? Will they split it equally?
annie

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 31, 2010
doomed before its built, to be a scum filled slum on welfare

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#8 Jul 31, 2010
I'm having a hard time picturing 25-30 homes with gardens on a 5-acre parcel.
Taxpayer without a voice

River Falls, WI

#9 Jul 31, 2010
Maybe the tax-payer bought land would have been better served by being used as an eco-friendly community center.
But that's right, River Falls only does for certain citizens and expects the rest to pay for it i.e. city hall.
By the way I would like 5 acres to build a house, you think the city will give me some land?
three two one

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Jul 31, 2010
And cue the nattering nabobs of negativity that troll these boards.
Reality

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jul 31, 2010
three two one wrote:
And cue the nattering nabobs of negativity that troll these boards.
Their lives are miserable. They're only form of "happiness" is sharing their ugliness with the world.

Pitiable - the lot of them.

Kudos to Habitat. Great org, great work. Good to see it demonstrated again that ecology and economy work well together.
Big G

Hudson, WI

#12 Jul 31, 2010
I'll take 5 acres please.

I notice at the end of the article that green upgrades are going to be made possible by loans from the city. My question is what how much electricity does one get from a solar panel, how much does the panel cost per watt generated, and how long will it take for the panel to pay for itself in electricity generated? Will the mortgage on the panel last longer than the panel itself?
Not Again

Chicago, IL

#13 Jul 31, 2010
I wonder if there will be any 'unintended consequence' as a result of the do-gooders efforts?
hmmmm

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Jul 31, 2010
It looks like many of the people who have posted don't know a lot about Habitat. The homeowners ARE employed - they have to be able to pay the mortgage. The houses aren't given to them, not only do they have to qualify for a mortgage, they have to help build their own home AND put some time volunteering on someone else's home building. They have to take money management and home ownership classes so they are able to maintain their homes. Habitat homeowners have lower default rates than the typical mortgage holder. The people who qualify for these homes are people who work at important jobs like the CNA that takes care of granny at the nursing home. Hard working people who do jobs we need done. Having stable homeowners is much better for a community than housing owned by slum lords with constant tenant churn.

There are two Habitat house in my neighborhood - the same homeowners for more than 10 years now. Their yards are well maintained. There are absolutely no troubles with the people in those houses. They are good neighbors.

Instead of griping about people getting these houses, if you believe your income is low enough to qualify for a habitat house, then get off your duff and DO something about it.
Skip

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jul 31, 2010
You are partially correct. There are some folks that benefit greatly from this program however there are complete pieces of trash that get in on this as well. Being a homeowner is a priviledge and NOT A RIGHT. The CNA who makes $12 an hr does not qualify for a $300k home and what happens is after they realize they cant afford it trash the home and leave. I`m so tired of the liberal beliefs that many chit head Minnesotans have. Not everybody can have everything.
hmmmm wrote:
It looks like many of the people who have posted don't know a lot about Habitat. The homeowners ARE employed - they have to be able to pay the mortgage. The houses aren't given to them, not only do they have to qualify for a mortgage, they have to help build their own home AND put some time volunteering on someone else's home building. They have to take money management and home ownership classes so they are able to maintain their homes. Habitat homeowners have lower default rates than the typical mortgage holder. The people who qualify for these homes are people who work at important jobs like the CNA that takes care of granny at the nursing home. Hard working people who do jobs we need done. Having stable homeowners is much better for a community than housing owned by slum lords with constant tenant churn.
There are two Habitat house in my neighborhood - the same homeowners for more than 10 years now. Their yards are well maintained. There are absolutely no troubles with the people in those houses. They are good neighbors.
Instead of griping about people getting these houses, if you believe your income is low enough to qualify for a habitat house, then get off your duff and DO something about it.
Tall Ships visitor

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#16 Jul 31, 2010
Once again, the Envious, the Ignorant, and the Haters are out in force to post their small-minded "hit and run" broadsides to this story. If any of these losers had volunteered on a Habitat site, they would have a balanced understanding of the program and they could work alongside the new homeowners that it helps. If any of these losers understood anything about energy efficient housing, they'd realize it doesn't have to include active solar equipment. There are low cost techniques to deliver big energy saving results. If these geniuses wanted to lift their miserly hearts above the gutter level, they'd learn more about community based gardens---and how this new community will benefit from growing a portion of their own food. They'd also realize that community gardens are probably also available to them where they live. People: this development is a good thing. Hopefully the lessons learned from it will enable the Twin Cities to build affordable eco-friendly housing here for our people.
Wizconie

Amery, WI

#17 Jul 31, 2010
It just doesn't seem to make sense. Why do they need to build more housing when there are homes sitting vacant all over? Can't we work harder to get people into some of the foreclosed, empty, or unfinished homes that seem to be everywhere? A person can't afford an existing empty home but can build new? Does it really save energy or is it more environmentally friendly to bulldoze an existing house and build a new one? Let's just think things like this through before racing ahead on new projects.
Huh

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jul 31, 2010
Don't cities turn over land to developers all of the time for projects that will eventually generate property tax revenue? What's the big deal?
hmmmm

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Jul 31, 2010
Skip wrote:
You are partially correct. There are some folks that benefit greatly from this program however there are complete pieces of trash that get in on this as well. Being a homeowner is a priviledge and NOT A RIGHT. The CNA who makes $12 an hr does not qualify for a $300k home and what happens is after they realize they cant afford it trash the home and leave. I`m so tired of the liberal beliefs that many chit head Minnesotans have. Not everybody can have everything.
<quoted text>
Yeah, I don't know any habitat homes that are 300k. Maybe you should volunteer on a Habitat site and get a taste of reality.
Really

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jul 31, 2010
River Falls?
Broke Obummer

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Jul 31, 2010
great...a new home for Madamutt.

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