AFFORDABLE HOMES FIRST: Advancing a Green New Deal for Los Angeles Renters

AFFORDABLE HOMES FIRST: Advancing a Green New Deal for Los Angeles Renters

Los Angeles, which has made great strides in creating a clean energy economy, could be reducing energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on a scale in line with meeting the Paris Climate Agreement targets if it more effectively made energy-efficiency programs available for low-income residents of multifamily buildings. 


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

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

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. 


Changes to AHSC Program Revealed by Latest Awards

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


Financing Energy Savings Through On-Bill Repayment

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.


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

$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


Nonprofit Solar Stakeholders Coalition AB 693 Implementation Proposal

Nonprofit Solar Stakeholders Coalition AB 693 Implementation Proposal

The Nonprofit Solar Stakeholders Coalition submitted a joint proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission for implementing last year’s Assembly Bill 693, which authorized the use of utility Cap-and-Trade auction revenue to fund solar energy systems on affordable multifamily rental properties in California. The Coalition includes the California Housing Partnership, California Environmental Read More


Closing the California Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage

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


An Affordable Housing Owner’s Guide to Utility Allowances

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. 


Energy Efficiency Program Matrix

Energy Efficiency Program Matrix

Matrix of Utility Multifamily Energy Efficiency & Renewable Incentive Programs in California


Mutual Housing California Achieves Zero Net Energy in Woodland

Mutual Housing California Achieves Zero Net Energy in Woodland

When Mutual Housing at Spring Lake opened its doors, the 62-unit apartment development became the first multifamily affordable rental development in the nation to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes certification. Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings produce as much energy as they use…