The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) is a nonprofit housing development corporation dedicated to helping low and very low-income families improve their living conditions through advocacy, research, construction, and operation of housing and community development projects. CVHC is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its commitment to making housing more affordable for low-income families by constructing ENERGY STAR qualified homes and retrofitting existing housing with ENERGY STAR qualified products. Key accomplishments include:
· Constructing 45 ENERGY STAR qualified affordable singlefamily homes in 2010 and beginning the development of 205 additional homes, all of which are expected to earn the ENERGY STAR.
· Installing appliances--such as refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, and clothes washers--that have earned the ENERGY STAR in 271 units in two new affordable housing developments.
· Replacing existing appliances with products that have earned the ENERGY STAR in over 80 percent of its rental developments.
· Educating housing clients on the benefits of energy efficiency and how to successfully utilize ENERGY STAR qualified products through post-purchase classes for homeowners and instruction from property management for renters.