Ashley Coons is a full-time mother. With three children that require lots of attention, working full-time isn’t a viable option for her. But with every new improvement made at Romney Meadows, Ashley has just one fewer thing to worry about.
Some of the improvements at Romney Meadows were a matter of serious health consequences for Ashley and her kids. One of her children suffers from an autoimmune disease that made her susceptible to illness. By removing much of the old carpeting and improving the apartment’s ventilation, Ashley has less to worry about with her daughter getting sick.
Coons is extremely satisfied with the energy savings she has been able to enjoy thanks to the recent upgrades. “The windows and doors are warmer in the cold and keep the cold in during the summer. At my old apartment, I was paying $250 for electric each month. I’m now averaging about $50-$60 per month. Before, I couldn’t run my air in the summer, because it never shut off.”
Energy saving was something management made a priority when they planned the community renovations. In a press conference announcing the culmination of their efforts, the founder of the affordable housing preservation group in charge of the renovations stated:
“If you’re a lower income working family, your utility bills can be disproportionate to your monthly obligations. In the new units, what you’ll see are Energy Star appliances, brand new kitchens, brand new bathrooms. We’ve got ultra-high-efficiency hot water heaters, air conditioner systems, and LED lighting. If we can reduce that burden for the residents, then that’s a huge thing to alleviate many of the challenges that many folks face.”
Ashley has made use of several community resources that allow her family to live comfortably. One organization Coons is particularly fond of is Food Finders. She expressed much sympathy for the children who go hungry. That’s why Ashley hopes to be a part of the Food Finders organization very soon. She spent the previous summer helping out with the group by bringing food for kids.
“We come out here during the summer,” said Coons. “We bring lunches because a lot of times that’s the only meal these kids get during the summer and that’s so sad.”
Lots of residents like Ashley Coons and her family are enjoying the benefits of improved apartment homes and community resources. Slowly, but surely, Romney Meadows has become the affordable housing community of choice in Lafayette.