High Sustainability, Low Cost: Green Living for Low-Income Families

Erie-Ellington Homes in Boston is a green living experience for low-income tenants.

| January/February 2004

  • Boston’s Erie-Ellington neighborhood provides green housing to low-income occupants.
    Photo by Bruce Hampton


Dorchester, a gritty Boston neighborhood currently undergoing revitalization. Qualifying tenants can rent one- to four-bedroom duplex or triplex units starting at $288 per month.

Changing perceptions

Residents of subsidized housing often get the short end of the stick, with poor-quality materials and shoddy construction. Erie-Ellington’s fifty units demonstrate that housing projects can be affordable and healthy.

Clean living

The houses feature low-VOC carpeting and paint, natural linoleum, and airtight wood-frame windows for natural lighting.

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