The Kendeda Fund
Improving the long-term conditions of low-income families starts with creating access to quality, affordable homes, as well as to the programs and resources that can help them thrive. Housing built with a focus on health, resilience to climate events, and connections to the culture of a community positively impacts the overall wellness and stability of residents and their ability to become more economically mobile and improve their lives.
The Kendeda Fund is helping us deploy a holistic approach to affordable housing development that is centered on improving resident and environmental outcomes and is informed by practices that effectively prepare for and respond to increasingly extreme climate events. Among the many facets of this effort is a revamped Green Communities Criteria — a framework that guides developers and agencies on how to build healthy, green, affordable homes and communities. Already adopted by many states as the qualifying standard for affordable development, the update will add elements for water quality, light, acoustics, and expanded health considerations.
Additional facets of the approach include policy advocacy, partnerships with health systems on financing for development projects, new design tools and placement of Rose Fellow architects in local communities to drive on-the-ground implementation of best practices.
Our aim is to demonstrate that by focusing on the interconnected needs of residents through thoughtful design, planning and development, the quality of their lives will improve and the impact of buildings on the environment will be minimized.
Kendeda’s generous support in Atlanta is fostering inclusive preservation and development near transit stations, critical to helping low-income families access good jobs, schools and health care. Additionally, a focus on coordinating investment capital among stakeholders will bring about more efficient and scalable affordable development projects to address the growing housing needs of low-income residents.