Cap and Trade Notice of Funding Availability (AHSC Program): Concept Letters Due March 16th

A total of $320 million is available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) funded by cap and trade auction proceeds, through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities, or “AHSC” Program. For more information: Review the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on CA Housing and Community Development (HCD)’s website; Refer to the AHSC Program Guidelines; Visit…

FHA Reduces Multifamily Housing Insurance Rates to Support Energy Efficiency

The Federal Housing Administration announced a new plan to reduce multifamily insurance rates in order to encourage capital financing of affordable and energy-efficient apartments. The rate reduction will take effect on April 1, 2016, and will directly impact FHA’s Multifamily Housing Programs and properties housing low- and moderate-income families and/or developments installing energy-efficient systems or…

Learning from Other States: Illinois’s Energy Efficiency Trust Fund Program

For those interested in how other states are accomplishing their energy efficiency goals, here’s a nice (and succinct) summary of 2014 programming that took place under Illinois’s Energy Efficiency Trust Fund. The Fund – which is run by Illinois’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) – do a great job of interjecting energy efficiency…

Mendocino Energy Watch Program Recognized by National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

The Mendocino Energy Watch, a local government-utility partnership that provides support to jurisdictions in Mendocino and Lake Counties, received an honorable mention from the Pacific Southwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. The Energy Watch was celebrated for its innovation and replicability in integrating housing and energy efficiency resources and…

Greening City Gardens: A case study in the effectiveness of a coordinated approach to accessing utility incentives for energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily affordable housing in California

This report describes a new approach to financing energy efficiency retrofits at affordable multifamily rental properties in California. The California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) worked (more…)
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