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Improvements Brighten Denver Affordable Housing Community

May 14, 2015

DENVER – Limited-income Coloradans are benefiting from lower energy costs and a more secure and healthy community, thanks to extensive energy efficiency upgrades at a Denver affordable housing complex.

The Hidden Brook apartment complex at 13th and Xenia is owned by Hope Communities, which provides housing to families and individuals with modest incomes. Two neighboring buildings, constructed in the early 1970s, have been outfitted with new boilers and domestic hot water systems and energy-efficient indoor and exterior lighting. Each of the 130 apartments has a new exhaust fan, energy efficient lighting and low-flow water fixtures. Some units also received new, energy-efficient refrigerators.

The $560,000 project was managed by Energy Outreach Colorado, a nonprofit that provides energy efficiency grants to nonprofits. Funding also was provided through the Colorado Energy Office, the federally-funded Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Hope is delighted to have received these upgrades to Hidden Brook Apartments,” said Larry Fullerton, executive director at Hope Communities. “The improvements will help keep costs down for both the residents and Hope, use less energy, and be more reliable than the original equipment which was close to 50 years old. We are very grateful to Energy Outreach Colorado and its partners.”

About Hope Communities
Hope Communities was founded in Five Points in 1980 by Ray and Marilyn Stranske, advocates for safe, affordable housing. It offers rental housing as well as educational and health programs to help residents break the cycle of poverty.

About Energy Outreach Colorado
Helping Coloradans afford home energy.
Energy Outreach Colorado is the only independent, non-profit organization in the state that raises money to help limited-income Coloradans afford home energy. Since 1989, EOC has raised more than $209 million to fund energy bill payment assistance and energy efficiency upgrades for affordable housing and nonprofit facilities. Energy Outreach Colorado relies on private donations, corporate contributions and foundation grants. It has received top ratings from Charity Navigator for 13 consecutive years and is an accredited charity member of the Better Business Bureau. Energy Outreach Colorado,, can be reached at 303-825-8750 or at 225 E. 16th Ave. Ste. 200, Denver, CO  80203-1612.

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