The California Housing Partnership’s six-person policy team conducts research and advocacy based on our real-world experience with housing finance and produces a number of reports every year on topics such as the state’s housing deficit, the benefits of transit-oriented housing in San Diego and the economic benefits of Senator Beall’s housing bond proposal (now SB 3).
Sustainable Housing – Affordable Energy & Water
Our sustainable housing policy experts convene the Green Rental home Energy Efficiency Network (GREEN), a network of over 80 mission-driven affordable rental housing, environmental and sustainable energy organizations working to increase access to energy efficiency, clean energy and water conservation resources for affordable rental properties in California. We also co-lead California’s chapter of Energy Efficiency for All, a national partnership dedicated to linking the energy and housing sectors together to tap the benefits of the clean energy economy for millions of low-income families. In California, GREEN and EEFA work together with affordable rental housing property owners and partners to ensure that low-income households benefit from cleaner, healthier, and more affordable housing.
We were a core contributor the California Energy Commission’s SB 350 Low-Income Energy Barriers Report, where we provided input from the GREEN network on energy program participation barriers and solutions for increasing participation and benefits for affordable rental housing owners and renters. We have helped to shape bills that support energy affordability, including AB 693 which created the Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Rooftops program with up to $1 billion in funding over 10 years to benefit low-income renters. We also bring deep energy policy expertise from our years of engagement with California Public Utilities Commission proceedings, including persuading the CPUC to dedicate $80 million to empower government and non-profit owners of rent-restricted affordable housing to participate in Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) programs for low-income households.