Texas’ first LEED certified ‘green’ affordable housing
New Hope Housing’s 2424 Sakowitz community is named after the very street on which it resides. The street was named honoring the rich history of the Sakowitz Family. Sakowitz is the first LEED for Homes certified affordable housing in the State of Texas. The fact that Sakowitz is ‘supportive’ housing and that it has achieved platinum certification – the highest level – makes this distinction even more significant.

Located in Greater Fifth Ward/Denver Harbor, the Sakowitz development contains 166 units and is New Hope’s largest single room occupancy (SRO) affordable housing community. The enduring building design was created through a process that included: owner, architect, contractor, landscape architect, craftsmen, engineers, and community participants. It will prove durable, resource efficient, and cost effective to operate, with materials of above-average quality used for maintenance efficiency. Lower energy and maintenance expenditures—via green construction—allow New Hope to offer life-stabilizing, quality housing at a more stable rental rate.

For New Hope, being ‘green’ displays our commitment as the lifetime owner of our properties—properties that need sustainable features to endure as community assets. Green features at Sakowitz include:

• Smart site location and design
• Sustainable landscaping with over 100 native tree plantings
• Water-conserving appliances and fixtures
• Water-conserving irrigation system including rain water tanks
• Water retention system
• Efficient energy use with Energy Star appliances
• Use of recycled materials
• Roofing, paving, and plantings that reduce Heat-Island Effect
• HVAC system for effective heating/cooling distribution
• Effective lighting and shading

Sakowitz was designed by distinguished Texas architect Val Glitsch, FAIA, LEED AP, who has designed three award-winning properties for New Hope. Sakowitz is situated within a one-mile radius of a full-service grocery store, a convenience store, and several restaurants. It is situated in a transit-oriented area near a METRO bus hub that services lines 26 and 80.

Each living unit is fully-furnished and includes a microwave and refrigerator, and a private, tiled bath. The central public wing of the property includes community spaces featuring:

• Reception area with 24/7 front desk staffing
• Fully-furnished community rooms (living/television/dining/library)
• Community kitchen
• Fully-equipped business center
• Coin-operated washer/dryer facilities
• Service coordinator offices for on-site case management
• Property management office
• Public telephone available 24/7
• Courtyard with a gazebo, water feature, and horseshoe pit
• Two patio areas, one featuring flowers and one with barbeque grills
   for outdoor cooking

Click here for a photo gallery of 2424 Sakowitz


New Hope Housing gratefully acknowledges our major donors to the capital campaign for this new home.

City of Houston
Houston Endowment Inc.

The Brown Foundation, Inc.
The Fondren Foundation
Midtown Redevelopment

EOG Resources, Inc.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Health
United Way of
   Greater Houston
Wells Fargo

M.D. Anderson Foundation
Cockrell Family Fund
Vivian L. Smith Foundation
Susan Vaughan Foundation

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Made Possible In Part By Housing Tax Credit Equity Invested By National Equity Fund, Inc.

New Hope thanks the Development Team for their role in carrying out the vision to ‘go green’:

Val Glitsch, FAIA, LEED AP

Val Glitsch Architects

Camden Builders, Inc.

Project Control Houston
   Project Manager

Landtech Consultants, Inc.
   Civil Engineer

Matrix Structural
Engineers, Inc.

Reihl Engineering, LLC
   Mechanical, Electrical, &
   Plumbing Engineer

Asakura Robinson
Company LLC
   Landscape Design

Mary Ware McDaniel
   Interior Design

Wells Fargo
   Construction Financing

Douthit Design Group
   Web & Graphic Design