By helping families and individuals secure dependable, healthy, affordable housing, we increase their chances of success in all areas of their lives. Part of that equation calls on housing developers to go beyond just addressing the affordability issue to include a focus on the health and environmental impacts of housing design and construction. Housing should be built in a sustainable manner that also allows for immediate operating efficiencies to keep the housing affordable over the long-term.
Ultimately, conservation is about empowering citizens to improve the communities where they live and work. The Alliance for Community Trees is the only national organization working to improve the urban forests where 80% of Americans live- our cities, towns, and villages. ACT’s national office assembles coalitions that drive broad environmental success for our more than 180 organizations in 41 states in the pursuit of Clean Air, Green Streets, and Healthy Neighborhoods.
Urban forestry is simply about trees in places where people live.
Affordable housing is about building homes that are accessible to employment and educational opportunities, and that people of limited means can afford to own, operate, and maintain over the long-term, creating stable, strong communities. Part of that equation is ensuring that homes are efficient- designed and built in a sustainable way to minimize their environmental impact and to reduce utility costs- and healthy- environments that improve air quality, have access to recreational opportunities, and are safe.
Developers and nonprofit community and economic development organizations can work together to ensure is an increase flow of capital for investment, jobs, and community development to underserved urban and rural areas across the country. Already such partnerships are working with thousands of communities in all 50 states, providing technical assistance, professional training, investment in affordable housing, small business credit, and direct developer services.
Utilizing smart development credits, we can leverage public and private equity investments for affordable housing or historic preservation projects, train economic development and housing development practitioners, and provide technical assistance. Like private investment bankers, the goal is to match the best sources of capital with project needs. But we do it for Main Street, not Wall Street.
At this moment, the nation wants action to secure real community revitalization, action that goes beyond buzzwords such as green and sustainable. Healthy urban forests are key to helping our growing cities and towns to create sustainable economic development.
Find Out More:
Affordable Housing and Trees Webcast
Enterprise Green Communities
NeighborWorks Training Institute
Trees Helps Small Businesses Succeed
The Alliance for Community Trees is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization (EIN # 68-0319301), and also participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC # 12402). To discuss planned giving opportunities, call us at 301-277-0040.