2016 Progress Report
Committed to prioritize health and incorporate a selection of active design strategies into at least 80 percent of its affordable housing development projects over the next three years.
“Vitus’ mission is to create positive social impact - one community, one family, and one life at a time. In particular, we provide our residents with options to make healthy choices. Vitus’ commitment to Active Design Verified (ADV) supports our integrated approach to creating wellness-centered communities.
"To date, Vitus has preserved the affordability of eight multifamily properties (1,762 apartments) that correspond to our ADV commitment. These communities serve approximately 3,200 residents and renovation is either underway or substantially complete. Properties renovated with Active Design principles include such amenities as community gardens, indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, enhanced stairwells, bicycle storage, drinking fountains, and improved lighting and pedestrian paths. We also provide on-site wellness programs that are free of charge to the residents, ranging from fresh produce distribution programs to nutrition education to exercise classes.
"Vitus looks beyond Active Design for opportunities to offer healthy choices to our residents. We collaborate with other organizations that share this goal, and welcome opportunities to engage with other health advocates. We continue to encourage other members of the affordable housing industry to consider Active Design principles.”