09/27/2011 // Arvada, CO, U.S. // michelle2020 // Colorado Homeless Families
The solar air heaters are developed by Lakota Solar Enterprises, which is a joint venture between Fort Collins-based sustainable development organization Trees Water People and Henry Red Cloud, an Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
“These heaters are the beginning of a program that could help save CHF and our clients thousands of dollars,” said Connie Zimmerman, executive director and founder of CHF. “With energy costs skyrocketing, families on the brink of homelessness face the added challenge of paying their utility bills. These heaters provide an affordable and sustainable solution, enabling families to stay warm during even the harshest months of the year. What’s more, many of our clients will learn how to install these heaters, which adds the benefit of employable skills down the road.“
Families who install these units can expect a savings of 20-30 percent per 800 square feet on their winter utility bills.
For more information on Colorado Homeless Families call 303-420-6634 or visit http://www.chfrb.org.
About Colorado Homeless Families
Colorado Homeless Families has been providing transitional housing and supportive services for homeless families with children in the Metro Denver area since 1987. The non-profit organization began renting six properties from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and has since expanded to purchasing and maintaining 42 properties. CHF seeks to direct families toward self-sufficiency within 18 months to two years by offering counseling, seminars, case management and support group services. CHF serves between 47 and 72 families each year.
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