Fact Sheet: HUD Prioritizes Resilient, Efficient, and Green Homes and Community Development

By klrw460 April 25, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Biden-Harris Administration’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to enhancing the quality of life for families and communities it serves. This commitment involves cutting energy and insurance expenses and bolstering resilience as the U.S. progresses toward a sustainable, carbon-neutral future. Importantly, HUD focuses on including low-income and traditionally marginalized groups in this forward momentum, ensuring they reap the economic and health benefits of these developments.

Following the significant funding from President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, HUD has spent the past year improving the availability and awareness of funding options and strengthening interagency cooperation. This includes sharing climate-related data to ensure climate actions contribute to making housing more affordable. HUD’s initiatives play a crucial role in addressing climate change and pushing forward its Climate Action Plan, aiming for substantial progress toward its objectives:

Enhancing Climate Resilience for Vulnerable Communities:

  • This week, HUD introduced measures to tackle extreme heat in properties and communities, including setting up an internal group focused on heat resilience, launching a Quick Guide for Extreme Heat, and creating a central hub of resources on HUD.gov/ExtremeHeat.
  • In February 2024, HUD released 11 detailed briefs that outline vital strategies for equitable resilience, aiming to keep communities informed about often overlooked aspects of post-disaster recovery, based on research findings. Since 1993, HUD has allocated over $100 billion to aid low- and moderate-income communities in recovering and enhancing their resilience after disasters.
  • HUD recently introduced the Resilient Transportation and Mobility Solutions Guide, helping communities enhance their transportation systems to be more eco-friendly and resilient against natural disasters.
  • Together with FEMA, HUD established the Pre-Disaster Housing Planning Initiative to promote proactive housing recovery planning and collaborative recovery approaches.
  • A new website has been launched to focus on Tribal climate resilience, offering a wealth of resources, including maps and federal funding information.
  • As of July 2023, HUD has made climate risk planning a priority, mandating that public housing authorities involved in the Rental Assistance Demonstration program draft specific disaster plans and adhere to enhanced energy efficiency standards for new constructions.
  • This week, HUD also published the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard final rule, aiming to better prepare communities for floods, minimize damages, and protect federal investments.

Promoting Energy-Efficient and Resilient Housing:

  • HUD, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has updated the Minimum Energy Standards, a move that is set to improve health and comfort, reduce carbon emissions, and lead to significant savings for residents.
  • In March 2024, HUD celebrated allocating over half of the available funds under its Green and Resilient Retrofit Program to enhance energy efficiency and climate resilience in HUD-assisted properties.
  • The HUD Exchange Build for the Future site is instrumental in providing stakeholders with access to a comprehensive library of funding opportunities and resources.
  • In January 2024, HUD expanded these efforts with the “Build for the Future” Summit, fostering strategic discussions with over 200 local government and community representatives about deploying resources effectively.

Fostering Environmental Justice Across HUD Programs:

  • HUD continues to address housing discrimination, including environmental injustices, ensuring compliance with the Fair Housing Act. Agreements like the one with the City of Chicago, which mandates a comprehensive environmental and health study, are part of these efforts.
  • In February 2024, HUD signed Memoranda of Understanding with EPA and HHS to tackle lead exposure risks more effectively and share relevant data across agencies.
  • HUD is also investing in staff training on climate change and environmental justice to ensure all team members are equipped to advance these crucial issues effectively.
  • This ongoing work underlines HUD’s dedication to building a more resilient and sustainable future for all communities it serves.

For more information, read the original press release from: https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_24_090