Sept. 24, 2014
The city’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program was honored at the Arizona Forward’s 33rd annual Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards, receiving the first-place Crescordia award in the Sustainable Communities category. This year, there were more than 110 entries.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds are helping communities hit the hardest with foreclosures by putting foreclosed and abandoned properties back into productive use. The program embraces green building standards and strategies in all new-construction, renovation and demolition projects. With assistance from its partners, Phoenix has transformed abandoned, vacant or foreclosed houses into energy efficient homes, supporting livable and sustainable residential neighborhoods.
“To date, this program has impacted 2,819 families and stabilized several of our hardest-hit areas of the city affected by vacant or abandoned foreclosed properties,” said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, chairman of the city’s Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee. “Our staff is humbled to receive this prestigious recognition.”
“We’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished with this program and this award is a testament to the commitment of our hardworking city staff and building partners,” said Chris Hallett, director of the city’s Neighborhood Services Department.
In addition, the NSP-funded Gordon Estates subdivision was honored with an Award of Merit in the Buildings and Structures – Residential category.
For more information on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and its impact, visit phoenix.gov/nsphome.
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