Richmond, Virginia

$200,000

For nearly 30 years, Project HOMES has provided low-income homeowners across the Richmond region with affordable housing and energy conservation programs. Now, the non-profit is bringing those services to an entire community through its housing initiative in Bermuda Estates, a 50 unit mobile home park in central Virginia, where 75 percent of the residents are Spanish speaking.

A grant from the Kenan Trust is helping Project HOMES achieve its vision for Bermuda Estates, and for the future of the manufactured home community at large, by providing quality affordable housing, creating opportunity, and eliminating the stigma surrounding manufactured homes.  By providing these families a new, safe, and energy efficient mobile home replacement unit, and by removing barriers such as language and transportation that typically limit their access to local resources, Bermuda Estates is on track to become a thriving, successful, highly engaged community.

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Project HOMES is partnering with the Virginia Community Development Corporation on the pilot project, which could become a model for other community development efforts across the country. By improving the living conditions of the neighborhood, Project HOMES aims to retain and provide affordable homeownership to all current Bermuda Estates residents. Better housing also means fewer maintenance costs, which can lead to building more wealth over time, as well as fostering community cohesiveness and pride.

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