Biden-Harris Administration Announces $173 Million to Make Homes More Energy Efficient and Climate Resilient for Low-Income Americans as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda

By klrw460 March 28, 2024

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a significant allocation of $173.8 million in grants and loans as part of its Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP). This latest funding installment elevates the total GRRP investment to $544 million, covering more than half of the program’s intended awards. The announcement was made by HUD Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson at Archer Courts in Chicago, Illinois. This site itself benefits from an $11.76 million grant from the program, which will be utilized by Jonathan Rose Companies to undertake substantial energy efficiency renovations at the 146-unit property catering to low-income residents.

The freshly announced funds are earmarked for energy efficiency and climate resilience renovations across 25 properties engaged in HUD’s Multifamily project-based rental assistance programs, aiding low-income individuals, families, and seniors. These initiatives are in alignment with President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and aim to advance environmental justice as stipulated by the President’s Justice40 Initiative. This Initiative seeks to ensure that 40 percent of the benefits from specific federal investments reach disadvantaged communities historically affected by pollution and underinvestment. The retrofitting efforts are intended to reduce carbon emissions, enhance resilience to extreme weather, and support affordable housing under the President’s housing and clean energy objectives. This round of awards marks the first GRRP-funded retrofits in Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington.

Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman emphasized the program’s role in enhancing the health, safety, quality, and comfort of HUD-assisted multifamily housing, making it more sustainable. John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the President for International Climate Policy, highlighted the awards’ contribution to improving the living conditions of moderate- and low-income American families by making homes safer and more comfortable. Brenda Mallory, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, connected the initiative with President Biden’s broader agenda to deliver environmental justice and address climate change’s impacts.

The GRRP aims to fund projects that include energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, climate resilience, and the use of low-embodied-carbon materials in HUD-assisted multifamily housing. To date, the program has distributed funds to 109 properties, impacting over 12,600 rental homes in 38 states and the District of Columbia. The funding includes both grants and surplus cash loans, catering to a diverse range of properties by size and need, from targeted upgrades to comprehensive net-zero renovations. Additionally, more than 700 properties have enrolled in HUD’s energy and water benchmarking service, funded by the President’s Inflation Reduction Act, to better understand and improve their efficiency and conservation efforts.

For the full details and insights, please refer to the original press release at the following link: https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_24_064