In NJ, Green Housing For Those Who Served

In Carteret, N.J., veterans will be coming home to green, affordable housing, thanks to the new Commander George Lisicki Veterans Apartments, the city’s first apartment building dedicated to vets. The project is named in honor a past National Veterans of Foreign Wars commander,veterans’ advocate and native of Carteret.

The project was made possible through $352,000 in federal funding that Carteret received last year through Middlesex County, and is being overseen by the Carteret Housing and Development Corporation. The complex will house four 2-bedroom units, each ADA adaptable (including one that will also feature an exterior wheelchair lift), and is part of a greater to revitalize Cateret’s Washington Avenue Redevelopment Area.

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Notable green features of the new complex include five solar panel arrays expected to kick out 1.5 kilowatts of power, providing for 70-80 percent of the electricity needs of the building’s tenants, as well as two 80-gallon solar-powered hot water systems.  The construction contract for the apartments was awarded to Shore Green Energy of Northfield, N.J.

George Lisicki himself was on hand at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Affordable housing for veterans is a first in our area,” he said in a statement. “Our veterans are asked to make sacrifices only to come home to low paying jobs or no jobs at all. I am proud that the leadership of the community of Carteret has stepped up to help ease the burden placed on our returning veterans by offering them affordable housing.  Our veterans love America and America needs to love her veterans.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Sam Kumar

      Providing the housing with 70% of the needs of the power requirement is for heating and electricity will go a long way help theu00a0veteransu00a0who occupy the house. This is a good way to combine helping the veterans and the environment.nnhttp://saveenergyaudit.info/nFree Energy Audit

    • Just curious…what do they view as “affordable”? u00a0As a SGT (E5) with 11 yrs active duty when I got out in ’05, my unemployment benefit was $974 a month and I had 2 kids to take care of. u00a0My rent in an income based complex (in KY) was still almost $600 of that. u00a0I’m sure some of these vets coming home will have families to care for as well and even with unemployment benefits (which don’t last forever), it still may be nearly impossible to care for their families while looking for jobs or waiting on the Dept of VA to make a decision on disability compensation.