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Housing Authority Partners With Energy Group To Cut Costs

Rachel Elaine

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority is exploring ways to drive down housing and transportation costs, pairing with an Indiana-based energy technology consortium to try to craft energy efficiency solutions.

The IHCDA’s goal for low and middle-income Hoosiers is to ensure their housing and transportation costs don’t take up more than 45 percent of the household budget.

Energy Systems Network CEO Paul Mitchell says the state has done a good job on the housing side, “but if you look at transportation costs in our state, particularly in rural communities, in many cases they’re well above that 15 percent target cost."

That’s why Mitchell’s group is partnering with the state on the Moving Forward program.  IHCDA Executive Director Jacob Sipe says the program will choose two developers over the next month to participate in creating plans for affordable housing communities that rely on energy efficiency to drive down costs:

“Which integrate environmentally-friendly transportation options such as electric cars,” Sipe says.

After working over the next several months with Energy Systems Network to develop the energy-efficient housing and transportation solutions, the developers will be eligible next year for up to $750,000 each in tax credits.  

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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