Creating Healthier Places

Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc.

2017 Progress Report

Year Committed: 2015
Length of Commitment: 5 years

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.

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Verified Results

    • Commitment Element

      High-contrast tread edge highlighter positioned flush with (or as near as possible to the edge) on at least the bottom and top step of each stair landing is provided.
    • Progress To Date

      This project complies with the requirement of having high-contrast tread edge highlighter flush with the wall on each step of staircases

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Where applicable, ensure that all amenities and facilities on the site are conveniently connected by pedestrian infrastructure. In properties that primarily serve seniors/older adults, provide wayfinding signage and maps for navigating indoor and/or outdoor walking routes. Signage should be provided along the walking routes and include information on distance.
    • Progress To Date

      This project complies with the requirement of having pedestrian infrastructure to connect all amenities and facilities on the site.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      A grocery store that offers multiple types of fresh fruits and vegetables is located in a ground floor retail space.
    • Progress To Date

      The project does not have a grocery store on-site, however meets this requirement through proximity to a full service grocery store and no-cost farmers market. There is one full service grocery store, Star Market, within 0.2 miles of the project. Two other grocery stores, Whole Foods and Trader Joes, are within 1 mile of the property. In addition, HRI will offer a no-cost farmers market for project residents, located within a 0.5 mile walking distance from the project starting in June 2018.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Accessible for all building occupants; visible from the interior of the building; and includes 2 of the following features: • Play features for children (painted markings, natural terrain elements etc.) • Shared seating areas
    • Progress To Date

      This project complies with the requirement of having outdoor space immediately visible from the interior of the building with play features for children and planted trees for shaded seating.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Ground floor and second floor stair walls and floors are designed with colors, materials, and finishes that are of equal quality to, or higher quality than, the materials in the building lobby, or artwork and graphics are incorporated within the stairwell.
    • Progress To Date

      This project complies with the requirement of having finishes and materials in stairwells of the same quality as those in the vestibule.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Illumination levels equal to or better than adjacent corridors
    • Progress To Date

      This project complies with the requirement of having lighting fixtures in stairwells and adjacent corridors of the same quality.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Double handrails at all stairwells; maximum 2" diameter with at least 2.5" wall clearance
    • Progress To Date

      This project complies with the requirements of having double handrails in all stairwells and handrails with a 1-¾ inch diameter.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Secure long-term bicycle storage is available for residents. Storage must be: 1. Located on the ground floor and visible from the main path of travel; or 2. Located outdoors and sheltered to provide protection from the elements; or 3. Located on the first level of a parking garage, include physical barriers to minimize interactions between bicycles and automobiles and offer access to an entrance/exit ramp.
    • Progress To Date

      This project complies with the requirement of having secure long-term bicycle storage located outdoors and sheltered to provide protection from the elements.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Where applicable and subject to local zoning requirements, provide sidewalks that are wide enough to comfortably accommodate pedestrians, including those with disabilities
    • Progress To Date

      The project complies with the pedestrian infrastructure requirement. The sidewalks in front of the project are 8.1 feet wide.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Day lighting is provided on each floor corridor by a window (20 square feet or larger).
    • Progress To Date

      This project complies with the requirement of providing 20 square foot windows for day lighting in floor corridors.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Lighting is provided along building exterior and/or exterior walking routes to the building entrance.
    • Progress To Date

      The project complies with the requirement of having lighting along building exterior and exterior walking routes.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      All ground floor doors of an enclosed stair intended for everyday use have glazing of at least 10 square feet in area (or the maximum legal limit if less than 10 square feet), or; door sidelight panels are provided with a combined area of at least 10 square feet (or the maximum legal limit if less than 10 square feet), or; ground floor staircase is enclosed in glass.
    • Progress To Date

      The project complies with the requirement of having ground floor doors with at least 10 square feet of glazing.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Day lighting is provided within stairwell at each floor / roof level, using windows and/or skylights.
    • Progress To Date

      The project complies with the requirement of providing day lighting within stairwells on each floor by using windows and skylights.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Short-term bicycle parking close to each building entrance is provided and is available for public use.
    • Progress To Date

      The project complies with the requirement of providing publicly-available short-term bicycle parking near the building entrance. HRI has indicated the siting of bicycle parking and has provided documentation of their bicycle rack order.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018
    • Commitment Element

      Plant new street trees, or protect existing street trees along sidewalks surrounding the property.
    • Progress To Date

      The project complies with the requirements of planting or protecting street trees along sidewalks surrounding the property.

    • Implementation Date

      January 2019
    • Reporting Date

      February 2018

Partner Statement

“HRI’s commitment to Active Design Verified helps us integrate healthy lifestyle approaches throughout our affordable housing multifamily portfolio. Examples of large-scale rental developments incorporating Active Design principles include:

• Concord Highlands, a 98-unit affordable housing development. Healthy and active design priorities contributed to attractive stairwells, secure bicycle storage, on-site wellness programing, a community room for athletic and nutrition classes, an outdoor deck, and access to a public cycle track, pedestrian paths, and natural outdoor resources. We are currently closing on project financing and plan to begin building construction in the fall of 2018.

• Auburn Court, the rehabilitation of 77 existing units and construction of 9 new units, was completed in late 2017. This active design renovation includes new landscaping, outdoor furniture, and other improvements at an on-site park, which encourage intergenerational play and outdoor recreation, as well as secure bike storage. The new building has an attractive stairwell with large storefront windows, interior lighting, and art will be installed at each landing soon.

"HRI also provides on-site wellness programs across our portfolio – free of charge to our residents – ranging from nutrition cooking classes to strength and balance training for elderly populations to traditional fitness classes and access to multi-generational exercise equipment. Furthermore, HRI has recently expanded existing fresh produce distribution programs to include a weekly outdoor farmer’s market at several affordable family housing developments over the summer, as well as grocery shuttle services and weekly produce drop-offs year round.”