Month: February 2006

  • Penn Students Design Energy Efficient Affordable Houses For Homeless Teen Mothers

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – “ The Bernice Elza Homes project is taking affordable housing to a new level by incorporating sustainable design techniques. Richard Wesley and Ali Malkawi, faculty in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, in collaboration with John Fox Hayes, Principal at Blackney Hayes Architects (BHA), led a team of Penn undergraduate students in pioneering this new concept in conjunction with the HUD Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) and the Peoples Emergency Center Community Development Corporation (PECCDC).
    Bernice Elza Homes, located in West Philadelphia, will provide low-cost housing for formerly homeless teen mothers and their children. The PECCDC, the developer of the project, also envisions an on-site case management office to coordinate services for the families as they move toward independence.