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Building greener houses saves money for poor communities in the USA. Credits: Catholic Charities USA

Building greener houses saves money for poor communities in the USA.
Credits: Catholic Charities USA

The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) has served the needs of vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities in Phoenix, Arizona for over 30 years. A member of Catholic Charities USA (part of Caritas Internationalis), FSL builds homes that prioritise safety, comfort, low cost maintainability and gentle impact on the environment.

It aims to reduce landfill waste by 60 percent through the use of clean building materials. It uses local materials and achieves high energy ratings. Conservation savings help FSL pay for energy and water for their tenants. Income from the housing projects helps subsidise other social programmes that are under-supported by traditional funding sources.

“Not only is building green good environmental policy, but it tangibly improves the quality of life for our low-income residents,” said Steve Hastings, FSL’s Director of Real Estate.