People on the Move – B’nai B’rith Homecrest House Awarded Prominent Energy Efficiency Grant

The Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability (MEEHA) program has awarded B’nai B’rith Homecrest House an energy efficiency and housing affordability grant of $291,578.  The grant is funded through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and will include energy efficient projects in all three of Homecrest House’s low income senior apartment buildings.

A total of five energy efficient projects will be completed as part of the MEEHA grant:

1.         Homecrest House will install over 2000 energy efficient lighting systems.

2.         Upgraded insulation will be installed throughout the three buildings.

3.         Installation of a high efficiency heater booster with storage tank will

provide a greater capacity of hot water and will result in utility savings of thousands of dollars each year.

4.         Installation of over 100 energy star compliant residential refrigerators for senior living apartments.

5.         Replacement of commercial kitchen equipment which will include some of

the most energy efficient commercial appliances available on the market today.

Homecrest House started its ambitious “going green” program in 2009, and under the leadership of Board of Directors President Bruce Menditch, the residents, staff and

Board of Homecrest House created and have maintained a solid record of energy efficiency by being one of 13 national residences to be selected by Enterprise

Community Partners to receive a grant to fund a comprehensive, campus-wide energy saving audit.

Homecrest House has enacted a robust recycling program and made effective use of CFL energy-efficient light bulbs which were provided to residents by The Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light (GWIFL) at no cost.

“For B’nai B’rith Homecrest House to be a good neighbor to our community and our planet is important,” said Menditch, “Especially when doing good also allows us to conserve our financial resources so we can continue to provide affordable senior housing now and into the future.”

Information regarding the MEEHA grant is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-EE0000097.

This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government.  Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.  Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof.  The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United State Government or any agency thereof.

B’nai B’rith Homecrest House is an interfaith senior residence located at 14508 Homecrest Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906.  As a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, Homecrest House welcomes contributions and donations to allow it to continue providing vital, affordable senior living opportunities.  Nestled amidst 10 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with its own lake, the three buildings of Homecrest House provide 235 apartments for independent senior living and 42 apartments for congregate senior living with enhanced personal services.  There are also a limited number of apartments for adults with physical mobility challenges.  All B’nai B’rith Homecrest House apartments are eligible for subsidies to assist seniors with limited incomes.  B’nai B’rith Homecrest House is currently accepting resident applications.  For more information on residential opportunities at Homecrest House or for details on how one can contribute to B’nai B’rith Homecrest House, contact Don Katzen, Director of Marketing and Development, at 301-598-4000, Extension 79.


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