|Mar 01, 2011 --
In the agriculture-based community of Lamont, Calif. 44 families are enjoying the many benefits of a new environmentally friendly farm labor housing complex developed by Self-Help Enterprises.
This project was funded in part by a $1 million Sec. 514 loan from USDA Rural Development with additional funding from County Home, Self-Help Enterprises and tax credits.
Through these combined efforts, the residents of Rancho Lindo benefit from reduced energy bills thanks to Energy Star appliances and double pane windows, but also a 42,000 kWh solar photovoltaic system used to light the community center and communal areas.
And in this community plagued by drought, water conservation methods such as ultra-low flow fixtures in bathrooms, native California landscaping with low water needs and weather based irrigation controllers ensure water usage is kept to a minimum. However, residents will still be able to enjoy the beauty of green grass year-round with synthetic grass that is found throughout the complex.
The project is located in the heart of the community and is within walking distance to important facilities such as schools, grocery stores, a park, church and health clinic. And the community center onsite also provides educational and after school programs for the residents.
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