Category: Sustainable Housing

Exciting New Clean Energy Programs for Climate Action

You’re invited to our intro webinars in June! The California Housing Partnership is excited to announce the launch of two new clean energy programs that multifamily affordable rental housing providers can use in 2022 to help finance sustainability upgrades during new construction or for existing building retrofits.   **NEW** Building Initiative for Low Emissions Development (BUILD) New construction, major retrofits Read More


Register Today! You’re Invited to the Partnership’s Solar 101 Institute

Hosted by the California Housing Partnership The Solar 101 Institute will consist of two 2-hour sessions covering installation logistics and the financing of solar photovoltaics (PV) on multifamily affordable apartment buildings, using available multifamily solar PV resources.    Part I – Introduction to Solar PV for Multifamily Affordable Properties Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT (Event details) Read More


Reaching Decarbonization Goals through the Electrification of Affordable Housing

In order to meet climate goals set by the state, cities across California have passed, or are considering efforts to pass, new local building energy codes aimed at decarbonizing new and existing buildings. These will have significant implications for the state’s multifamily affordable housing stock. State agencies such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Energy Commission Read More


New Program Provides Energy Burden Relief for Tenants in LA

This blog was co-authored by Agustin Cabrera (LAANE), Blanca De La Cruz (California Housing Partnership), Michele Hasson (NRDC), Kate Heller (EEFA), and Braxton Bridgers (AEA). The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board voted to approve implementation of the Comprehensive Affordable Multifamily Retrofit Program (CAMR) recently. The largest municipal utility in the country has worked with advocates to Read More


Affordable Housing Decarbonization Summit 2021

The California Housing Partnership is pleased to announce that we will hold our second annual Affordable Housing Decarbonization Summit on October 12-14, 2021!   Scheduled on three consecutive mornings, the summit will discuss the practical challenges and public policy implications of electrifying new and existing affordable housing buildings. The first session each morning will be open to the general public. Read More


5 Key Takeaways for Making Building Decarbonization Work in Affordable Housing

The California Housing Partnership hosted a five-part Affordable Housing Building Decarbonization Summit in late 2020 to understand the opportunities and challenges of building decarbonization policies and programs across California that impact multifamily affordable housing.    This report, an outcome of the Summit, offers vital insights to inform the state’s building decarbonization policies and ensure equitable outcomes for affordable housing providers and their residents. The Read More


Affordable Housing Building Decarbonization Summit

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2020 Hosted by the California Housing Partnership w/ Support from the Energy Foundation & Greenlining Institute This summit is a forum for Nonprofit Affordable Housing Teams to discuss and recommend equitable decarbonize strategies for new and existing affordable housing properties. Amidst the perfect storm of a pandemic within a pre-existing housing emergency within a growing climate crisis, what Read More


Stop Wasting Water! A Crossover Strategy Guide for Multifamily Asset Management

Water-Energy Nexus: Crossover Report In a study commissioned by the California Energy Commission (CEC) in 2017, out of approximately 100 multifamily buildings tested with crossover detection methods about 50% had crossover.    Crossover occurs when an apartment building’s hot water and cold water sources mix in the pipes, often due to leaking or failed valves. Crossover wastes energy, diminishes tenant Read More


The Pathway to New All-Electric Low Income Housing in CA

The winds of change are blowing in California—toward all-electric new buildings powered by an increasingly clean electric grid. A key question for equity, health, and the environment is how to ensure that affordable housing providers in California—which serve thousands of low-income families—are supported in building efficient, emissions-free all-electric homes. MidPen Housing’s first all-electric affordable housing development: Edwina Benner Plaza, Sunnyvale Read More


GREEN Webinar: Clean Energy Resources for COVID-19 Response

The California Housing Partnership (the Partnership), in coordination with SCANPH, is excited to host a webinar discussing Clean Energy Resources for COVID-19 Response on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 AM. This webinar is designed to provide a high-level overview of major clean energy programs available in Southern California for your portfolio of existing multifamily affordable housing properties. The need to Read More