Financing Energy Savings Through On-Bill Repayment
In 2016, the California Housing Partnership partnered with Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future and Community Corp of Santa Monica to test On-Bill Repayment (OBR) financing for energy and water efficiency improvements in five properties in Santa Monica. This case study describes the challenges and lessons learned during that test.
2017 Statewide At-Risk Assessment
CHPC’s annual statewide risk assessment shows 31,988 affordable homes are at risk of conversion to market rate within the next five years.
Closing the California Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage
This economic analysis indicates that pairing solar PV with battery storage systems can deliver significant electricity bill savings for California affordable housing residents and property owners. Battery storage is emerging as an effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California. Battery storage systems not Read More
Confronting California’s Rent and Poverty Crisis: A Call for State Reinvestment in Affordable Homes
Too many California families are falling into poverty because of high housing costs. The California Housing Partnership calls on state leaders to take direct, immediate action to reinvest in affordable homes in California.
An Affordable Housing Owner’s Guide to Utility Allowances
Produced in partnership with the National Housing Law Project, this guide provides owners of affordable rental housing a roadmap for navigating the challenges of utility allowance adjustments. It provides an overview of federal program requirements as well as tips for considering utility allowance adjustments as part of an energy efficiency financing strategy.
Update on California’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The Critical Role of Housing Access and Affordability in Reducing Poverty
New analysis shows how the shortfall of affordable homes is exacerbating poverty throughout California.
Why Creating and Preserving Affordable Homes Near Transit Is a Highly Effective Climate Protection Strategy
California is currently debating how to invest greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and trade auction proceeds so that they result in real, quantifiable and verifiable greenhouse gas reductions. A new analysis of data from Caltrans’ California Household Travel Survey (CHTS) completed in February 2013 shows that a well-designed program to put more Read More
Improving Lives Through the Preservation and Creation of Affordable Homes
The essence of our mission has not changed in the eleven years since I came to work at the California Housing Partnership: to assist nonprofit and government housing agencies create and preserve housing affordable to low-income Californians while providing leadership on affordable housing finance issues. What has changed is our Read More
How California’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families in California
California is showing increasing economic and fiscal strength with economic growth among the top five states in the nation and a budget that is in the black for the first time in a decade. Yet this good news is tempered by the growing severity of an age-old California problem: the Read More