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California’s Cap-and-Trade-Funded Low-Income Weatherization Program Multifamily: Impact Report

Updated in March 2021 and published in collaboration with the Association for Energy Affordability, this Impact Report presents new findings on the climate and community benefits delivered by the Cap-and-Trade-funded Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) Multifamily since its launch in 2016. 


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California’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program: Five Years of Investments | Impact Report: Rounds 1 – 5

The past year has underscored the urgency of many of the goals that guide the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. To date, AHSC has invested more than $1.6 billion in 127 catalytic developments across California that integrate housing and transportation with community infrastructure and amenities to reduce greenhouse gas Read More


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SOMAH Property Owner Series: Funding for Major LIHTC Rehabilitation Projects

How multifamily affordable housing owners with eligible major rehabilitation projects going through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) 4% and 9% programs can utilize SOMAH’s solar incentives and free technical assistance to help reduce operating costs and make the transition to all-electric buildings.


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SOMAH Property Owner Series: Program Overview – Presentation

An overview of the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) incentive program and the resources available to participating property owners. SOMAH can cover up to 100% of solar panel installation costs, securing direct financial benefits for affordable housing owners/operators and tenants.


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SOMAH Property Owner Series: Energy Efficiency Benefits and Resources – Presentation

Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) is a statewide program that provides financial incentives for installing solar or photovoltaic energy systems on multifamily affordable housing throughout California.


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Clean Energy Funding Resources for COVID-19 Response

High-level overview of major clean energy programs available in Southern California for portfolios of existing multifamily affordable housing properties, with a focus on reducing operating costs and tenants’ bills.


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SOMAH Presentation: 2020 Program Overview

Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program overview for multifamily affordable housing owners. 


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SOMAH Property Owner Series: Upfront Technical Assistance – Presentation

Information for property owners and managers interested in installing solar photovoltaics (PV) to lower operating costs and reduce utility bills through the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing incentive program.


California’s Cap-and-Trade-Funded Low-Income Weatherization Program Multifamily: Impact Report

(UPDATED JAN 2020) Published in collaboration with the Association for Energy Affordability, this Impact Report presents new findings on the climate and community benefits delivered by the Cap-and-Trade-funded Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) Multifamily since its launch in 2016. 


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Creating Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities: How AHSC Addresses California’s Most Pressing Challenges | Impact Report: Rounds 1 – 4

The State of California created the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program (AHSC) in 2014 in recognition of the critical role that housing and transportation play furthering the State’s climate goals.


Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Program Update: Round 4

On June 21, the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) announced the results of Round 4 of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, awarding $402 million to 25 greenhouse gas (GHG) reducing affordable housing developments across California.


Infill Infrastructure Grant Program Analysis

On June 26, 2019, California Governor Newsom signed the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 State Budget into law, allocating $1.75 billion to increase housing production. Twenty-nine percent of these funds—$500 million—are allocated to the Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (IIG), which provides gap funding for infrastructure improvements critical to residential and mixed-use infill Read More


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California’s Cap-and-Trade-Funded Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program | Impact Report: Rounds 1 – 3

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) policy brief – co-authored by the California Housing Partnership and Enterprise Community Partners – examines the climate and community benefits of AHSC developments through the program’s first three funding rounds. To date, the program has awarded $701 million to 77 location-efficient developments across Read More


Changes to AHSC Program Revealed by Latest Awards

On June 28, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) announced $257 million in Round 3 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) awards to 19 developments, primarily in disadvantaged communities across the state. These developments will create 1,950 new affordable homes for low-income Californians and introduce new transportation infrastructure that will increase Read More


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The Tax Credit Turns 30

This anniversary report takes a look back at the first 30 years of operation of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program to find out what happened to the earliest generation of developments in California that received allocations of housing credits from 1987 to 1989. Some of these developments were lost to conversion to Read More


Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program Brief | Impact Report: Rounds 1 – 2

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program brief – coauthored by the California Housing Partnership Corporation, Enterprise Community Partners and TransForm – examines the climate and community benefits of AHSC developments, which are funded by California’s Cap-and-Trade program.


Shelter from the Storm: Assessing the Economic Impacts of the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018

In collaboration with the California Housing Partnership, the research department of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council (NCCRC), analyzed the economic impacts of Senator Jim Beall’s SB 3 statewide housing bond, which will provide $3 billion to fund successful existing affordable housing programs in California with the intent of making significant progress Read More


San Francisco Begins Second Phase of RAD Public Housing Initiative

Friday, October 14, 2016 marked a major milestone in San Francisco’s ambitious plan to revitalize its public housing properties through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Financing closed on the last of the 14 properties in the second phase of SF RAD on Read More


The Tax Credit Turns Fifteen

CHPC investigates the benefits and impact of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program as it approaches its fifteenth year, and the first tax credit-funded developments that began to be at risk of conversion. 


$1 Billion Plan to Provide Integrated Solar Energy to Low-Income Renters is First in Nation

San Francisco, CA ‒ On August 3rd, California’s leading low-income, environmental, and affordable housing groups submitted a proposed plan to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to spend up to $1 billion in Cap-and-Trade funding for solar energy systems to benefit low-income renters. This is the first such plan in the nation and Read More


Shelter from the Storm: Assessing the Economic Impacts of the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2016 (SB 879 Beall)

In collaboration with the California Housing Partnership, the research department of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council (NCCRC) analyzed the economic impacts of the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2016 (SB 879 Beall). 


Income, Location Efficiency, and VMT: Affordable Housing as a Climate Strategy

This paper combines detailed travel-survey, transit-service, and land-use data to estimate a model for predicting the role of income and location efficiency in reducing household vehicle-miles traveled (VMT). The research then applies this model to census data collected in the most transit-rich areas of California. The research finds strong justification Read More


Executive Summary: 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 affordable Read More


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 affordable homes Read More


Why Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Should Fund Affordable Homes Near Transit | White Paper

Affordable TOD Has an Important Role in Reducing GHG Transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions account for 38% of California’s total. Because transportation needs are driven in large part by where people can afford to live, housing affordability affects the sector’s emissions. The Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) planning process required by Read More


Improving California’s Multifamily Buildings: Opportunities and Recommendations for Green Retrofit and Rehab Programs

In California, the single-family home weatherization and whole-house performance sector is very active, with many programs already in place and new ones that began rolling out in the fall of 2010. While these programs have the potential to achieve impressive energy savings, their approaches do not neatly carry over into Read More


The Power of Leveraging Section 8

The U.S. population is expected to exceed 349 million by 2025, an increase of 67 million people over the year 2000. This unprecedented growth in the U.S. will necessitate tremendous investment in new housing units to accommodate some 32 million households by 2025. As one researcher noted, this new housing Read More