Low income housing development
wins environmental award
Folsom/Dore apartments wins LEED rating
April 19, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO -- Citizens Housing Corporation, a non-profit
developer of low-income housing, announced Wednesday that its
Folsom/Dore Apartments is among the very first new affordable
housing developments in the United States to receive a LEED
rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the highest
standard for achievement in sustainable development. Folsom/Dore,
which received a LEED silver rating, is the first new housing
development of any kind in Northern California to be LEED rated.
Citizens Housing has shown that green building can be done
affordably, while providing housing for the neediest, said
San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, who will speak at a ceremony
at the building at 11 a.m. today to unveil the award. I
congratulate Citizens Housing for being pioneers in green building
and for providing safe, affordable housing for low-income San
The building is made of many recycled materials, including flooring
materials containing 50 percent recycled vinyl and wood powder.
The interiors are made up of environmentally friendly finishes
to maintain air quality and reduce off-gassing. These green building
techniques, along with many others, were crucial for the building
to succeed in the rigorous LEED evaluation.
Citizens Housing is pleased to be the first housing developer
in Northern California honored with a LEED rated project,
said James Buckley, president of Citizens Housing. As one
of the first new, affordable housing projects in the nation to
receive a LEED rating, we hope to set an example for others. Green
buildings not only help fight global warming by using less energy,
they directly improve air quality for the buildings residents,
neighbors and construction workers.
Folsom/Dore houses a mix of low-income and formerly homeless
residents in 98 units and offers supportive onsite services for
its residents. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was an early supporter
of the project. The San Francisco Mayors Office of Housing
provided $8.8 million in financing. Additional funding sources
included: state Multifamily Housing Program funds, Federal Home
Loan Bank funds, Citibank credit enhancement, and Apollo Housing
Capital tax credit equity. Operations are also subsidized through
the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and HUDs
McKinney Act and Section 8 project-based funds.
The building is located in San Francisco at Folsom Street &
Dore Alley, between 9th and 10th Streets. It was designed by David
Baker + Partners Architects with Baker Vilar Architects and was
built by Cahill Contractors.
About Citizens Housing Corporation
Citizens Housing Corporation is a non-profit housing developer
incorporated in 1992 to increase and preserve affordable housing
opportunities for low-income Californians. Citizens Housings
current portfolio includes over 3,000 units, more than 90% of
which are affordable to low-income seniors and families earning
between 30% to 60% of the area median income. Their diverse portfolio
includes transitional housing on a former naval base, reuse of
historic buildings for affordable senior and family housing, renovation
of HUD Section 8 expiring use properties, supportive housing for
people with special needs, and mixed-use, transit oriented developments.
For more information, please visit www.citizenshousing.org.