Healthy Homes

Texas city provides homeless with roof, radiant heat

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 08:00

The Lubbock, Texas,City Council recently overturned a Planning and Zoning Commission decision to disallow the rezoning of Tent City, as the transient housing area will be upgraded to include a permanent structure that will feature radiant heating, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

Radiant heating systems work well with structures that have to maximize space, as the technology doesn't require the use of bulky radiators, heating ducts or air vents.

According to the news source, the council felt that action needed to be taken in order to prevent the tents from becoming a permanent fixture in the area.

"It was important to me and everyone on the council, because if there was no time limit, the tents would be there forever," Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin told the Avalanche-Journal of the need to pass the rezoning ordinance. "With a time limit, that gives the incentive to get money raised and get a building going."

The news source reported that a petition has surfaced in protest of the decision, due to the amount of money that could be spent on the project.