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North Kingstown, RI (May 6, 2011) “The communities we build today must meet our state’s and residents’ needs of tomorrow,” says Anne Nolan, President of Crossroads Rhode Island. “And that means developing properties that maintain and protect our environment, are attractive for those who live there as well as their neighbors, and are affordable to Rhode Island working families.”
That sounds like a huge nut to crack but in fact, the Kingstown Crossings apartments were designed and re-developed by Crossroads Rhode Island and KITE Architects to accomplish all three goals and is on track for LEED certification once finished. The community of the future features a lovely, village-like design that utilizes environment-saving technology– which helps residents save money, while occupying the same amount of land as the buildings being replaced.
“LEED for Homes” is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. Green homes use less energy, water and natural resources, create less waste, and are more durable and comfortable for occupants.
“Rhode Island has so much to offer in terms of its beauty and environment. Yet the numbers of those who are without homes they can afford is growing,” adds Nolan. “We are proud to be able to create sustainable homes that are also affordable. This is a win-win. These beautiful homes are indeed the centerpiece of communities of the future, with walkable conveniences and schools, energy efficient systems, all the while maintaining natural, wooded surroundings and landscape.”
The development features a central pedestrian pathway, which will minimize the use of cars and eliminate drive-through traffic, making the area safer for children and families, as well as being walker- and cyclist-friendly.
Five percent of the new apartments are also designed specifically for those with disabilities and all units will feature “green” technology including energy-efficient appliances, heating systems, window systems, and insulation.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held May 20, 2011.
Kingstown Crossings LEED for Homes Details
KITE Architects worked with Crossroads RI to design Kingstown Crossings in North Kingstown with many features across the spectrum of sustainability. A feature of the LEED for Homes program is that special focus is given to tenant training as well as ongoing building maintenance. Also, special durability inspections during construction ensure that all trades are building to high standards to ensure a long life of the building. Green features include:
Location and Linkages:
- The site has been previously developed – no farmland is used, and the site uses existing infrastructure such as power, natural gas, and sewers
- The apartments are located on a major bus line, enabling residents to get to work without a car
- There are stores, schools, and parks within walking distance
- Safe, ample play space and a continuous pedestrian path is provided on-site
- Use of local materials is encouraged and documented
- The site will be re-graded to filter most stormwater on-site with natural rain gardens, instead of flowing to Narragansett Bay and overloading storm sewers
- Most of the existing mature trees on-site will be protected during construction
- Low flow toilets, sinks, and showers save water
- Landscape plantings are native and drought resistant, so no irrigation system is needed
Energy & Atmosphere:
- Homes are participating in the Energy Star Homes program
- A high level of insulation and a compact form mean that the buildings’ score for efficiency – the HERS Index – will make the apartments 39% more efficient than required by code. This translates to hundreds of dollars of savings on each tenant’s utility bills.
- A high efficiency boiler (85% AFUE) in each unit will provide both heat and hot water
- All appliances are Energy Star compliant
- A programmable thermostat in each unit allows daytime temperatures to be lower while the residents are at work or school.
- Kitchens and bathrooms are located very close to the hot water heater, minimizing heat loss through the piping
- Ducted kitchen and bath exhaust fans ensure ample ventilation
- Large operable windows and ceiling fans allow residents to keep cool without an air conditioner
- Individually metered natural gas and electrical bills encourage personal responsibility for energy use
Materials and Resources:
- Flooring material is made from locally extracted and manufactured materials
- Pests such as termites are kept from damaging the structure with the use of metal shields at the foundation, using screens at all large openings, and caulking every joint tightly.
- No tropical hardwoods such as mahogany are used anywhere on site.
- The contractor has recycling as much construction waste as possible, has diverted over 80% so far from landfills
- Lumber cuts will be planned in advance to make sure not more than 10% of lumber ends up as scrap.
Indoor Environmental Quality:
- Hard surface flooring is used throughout, reducing indoor air quality problems associated with carpet
- The apartments will be flushed with fresh air to reduce any off-gassing prior to move-in of each unit
- Radon release measures including vent piping under the concrete slabs reduce the risk of radon.
- Doors made from recycled fibers are solid-core and long lasting
- Low-VOC paints and sealants are used
Awareness and Education:
- Onsite operations manager ensures proper maintenance
- Orientation & procedural overview and tours given prior to tenant move in.
More information about the LEED-Homes program may be found at http://www.usgbc.org
North Kingstown, R.I. (May 20, 2011) – U.S. Senator Jack Reed and U.S. Representative James Langevin joined Crossroads Rhode Island, Rhode Island Housing, and their community partners today to celebrate the first 24 homes completed at Kingstown Crossings I.
“Crossroads Rhode Island is proud to open these new, safe and beautiful homes to our families. The children will now live in a healthier environment and their parents will have much lower utility bills to pay each month,” said Anne Nolan, President of Crossroads Rhode Island. “Safety, respect and effectiveness are the core values for Crossroads and these homes are a perfect representation of those values. We are grateful to all our funders and partners that helped us make this a reality for our families.”
These new energy-efficient homes will replace former Navy housing located on the site. When the first phase of this project is completed, all of the 58 original apartments will be replaced with 58 new, safe and healthy homes. The families who were living in the former Navy housing are being relocated into the new homes.
“This is an exciting new development, returning surplus military land back to the community and creating impressive, energy-efficient homes for more working families. Kingstown Crossings will help breathe new life into the neighborhood,” said Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee who helped secure over $5.5 million in federal funding for the project through a variety of federal resources. “Not only are these homes affordable, but their green features will make them more cost-effective to run. I commend Crossroads and Rhode Island Housing and their partners for making these quality, affordable homes a reality and look forward to the successful completion of the next phase of this ambitious plan.”
“These new homes not only provide low income families with affordable housing, but help save the residents money on their energy bills and jumpstart the market for energy-efficient products in Rhode Island,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
Later phases will include the creation of an additional 46 homes, bringing the total number of homes in the development to 104, all of which are affordable to families earning up to $43,260 for a family of four. Office space for program staff, new daycare center, community center with a conference room and additional parking areas are also planned.
“Providing affordable housing in our state is critical to getting our economy back on track,” said U.S. Representative James Langevin. “We have a responsibility to assist those who are unjustly bearing the brunt of the recession, and who are unable to fully contribute to our economic recovery without stable housing. These buildings represent a model for addressing our housing crisis by partnering federal, state and private entities to maximize our resources and reducing costs through energy efficiency.”
Crossroads Rhode Island, the developer of Kingstown Crossings and the state’s largest provider of immediate and long-term assistance to Rhode Islanders who are homeless, teamed up with several partners to finance this development. They were able to pull together funding from several sources, which helped pay for the construction and the rental assistance. The total development cost is about $13.7 million.
“Kingstown Crossings is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when partners come together,” said Richard Godfrey, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing. “We are able to create good homes in vibrant communities when a strong nonprofit organization like Crossroads takes the lead to bring together so many government and business entities in a common public purpose.”
Rhode Island Housing contributed nearly $8.6 million for this development. Additional financing was provided by Bank Rhode Island, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Housing Resources Commission, Home Depot Foundation, Fannie Mae Foundation, Town of North Kingstown, and Enterprise. Corporation for Supportive Housing and Rhode Island Housing, which provided pre-development financing.
With the opening of 5 new units at the Harold Lewis House and the release of the Aging and Homelessness Report, Crossroads Rhode Island has recently been featured in various news media outlets.
Providence Journal - "Crossroads Rhode Island: Homelessness among people 50 and over has increased sharply "
Providence Business News - "Crossroads sees homelessness rise among older Rhode Islanders"
RINPR - "A Growing Number of RI’s Homeless Population Is Elderly"
WPRI - "As Non-Profit opens new wing, more elders becoming homeless"
The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) was an innovative program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Crossroads Rhode Island received funds for the rapid re-housing component and was able to provide financial assistance and services to individuals and families who were experiencing homelessness and help them be re-housed quickly.
In July 2012, Crossroads received a second round of funding to continue the program, now known as Intensive Housing Stabilization Program (IHSP). While some of the criteria for acceptance into the program changed, it essentially remained a rapid rehousing program for individuals and families living in shelter. In order to be eligible for IHSP, clients must be referred by their shelter or outreach case worker, be staying in a shelter or in a place not meant for human habitation, be committed to intensive case management, and be likely to sustain housing once the program ends. Clients are eligible to receive up to 24 months of service depending on need.
The mission of Crossroads Rhode Island is to secure stable homes for individuals and families in Rhode Island, and IHSP is one of the most effective ways to achieve that mission. This program directly supports individuals and families to move out of homelessness and achieve housing sustainability. IHSP provides more than just rental assistance. It is a complete package of case management, financial assistance, financial literacy and good tenancy education. The goal of sustainability is to limit the likelihood that the family or individual will re-enter homelessness when their participation in the program has ended. Crossroads’ IHSP features the following services and assistance:
One of the major challenges of this program is the lack of affordable housing in Rhode Island. The majority of apartments that Crossroads housing locator finds for clients are market rent housing. While they are market rate, they also have to meet HUD’s criteria for fair market rents by geographic catchment area (i.e., what is fair in Westerly is very different from what is fair in Providence). Crossroads’ housing locator also works with Community Development Corporations (CDCs) to secure low income tax credit units when they are available.
Since the program started September 2009, 661 people have participated in the program, and 76% of them have moved out of the shelter system and into stable homes. Unfortunately, because not everyone qualifies, many were not able to participate because of lack of income and need for a higher level of care and support. Clients who are still in the program are living in their new homes and receiving services to help them become independent and remain stably housed.
On average, it takes 1-2 months for families or individuals to transition from shelter into their own homes. Once clients are living in their homes, Crossroads’ case advocates work with them for an average of 3-6 months (sometimes up to 9) to ensure they stay successfully housed.
Crossroads works with clients from the entire statewide shelter system. Individuals and families have come to this program through referrals from at least 19 other organizations throughout Rhode Island, and most have transitioned successfully to permanent housing in many communities.
Providence, RI, April 17, 2015 – Crossroads Rhode Island Board of Directors’ chair, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. today announced that the Board has named Karen A. Santilli as President and CEO of the state’s largest provider of services to the homeless. Ms. Santilli will succeed Anne Nolan, who will retire after 14 years of service. Ms.Santilli, 48, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, and a member of the Senior Management Team of Crossroads Rhode Island joined Crossroads in 2008 and brings more than 25 years of non-profit experience to her new role starting June 1, 2015.
Ms. Santilli has recently led the organization through a strategic planning process that confirmed organizational values and redefined the mission, establishing and implementing a housing first model geared toward housing people and ending homelessness. In addition, Ms. Santilli has led the Marketing & Development Team to raise $2.8 million annually through a multi-media mix including direct mail, special events, grants, web-based marketing, major donor development, Planned Giving and community outreach. Under her leadership, Ms. Santilli has doubled the active donor base over a 5 year period.
“As President of Crossroads my first priority will be to continue to build on the strong foundation that Anne Nolan has built as well as ensuring that the organization’s values continue to be the driving force behind everything we do,” said Santilli. “I’ve had the opportunity to spend the past eight years actively engaging with Crossroad’s Board, management team, front-line employees and clients,” said Santilli. “I am honored to have the opportunity to now lead the Crossroads team as we move forward to ending homelessness.”
Prior to joining Crossroads, Ms. Santilli was the Marketing Director at Plan USA (formerly Foster Parents Plan) where she provided leadership and direction to the organization’s operations, participated in strategic business planning and ensured sound financial planning, as well as implementation of new systems and procedures. In addition, she managed all aspects of sponsor and donor acquisition and development, and coordinated with international field staff to identify appropriate overseas development projects.
“After a nationwide search, and with a very strong pool of finalists, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically elected Karen Santilli,” said Judge McConnell, Crossroads Board Chairman. “Karen is an accomplished and outstanding leader, and a dedicated social service advocate who has successfully led the organization through a profound and multi-layer organizational change. She has been a key part of our success, and the Board believes that Karen has the vision and leadership to guide our organization as we continue to put housing first and end homelessness in Rhode Island,” said Judge McConnell.
“On behalf of the Board I sincerely thank Anne for her valuable contributions and outstanding service throughout her career at Crossroads. We will be indebted for her passionate leadership, dedication and service to thousands of homeless individuals and families, and for being the embodiment of Crossroads values – Safety, Respect and Effectiveness”, said Judge McConnell.
“I’m proud of the work that Karen has done, particularly during a difficult economy, and I’m optimistic that Karen will build on the Crossroads foundation to succeed in the future,” Anne Nolan said. “Karen has been a great addition to our organization and her marketing and business savvy, and strong leadership skills make her an excellent choice to lead Crossroads going forward. It’s been an honor to have led such a dedicated staff for more than 14 years. It’s tough to say goodbye to the Crossroads family and clients, but I am truly confident as I pass the reins over to Karen, that she will continue to move our agency and our mission forward.”
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