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Biden-Harris Administration Awards $173 Million To Make Homes Energy Efficient And Climate Resilient For Low-Income Americans

The Biden-Harris administration is giving nearly half of the Green and Resilient Retrofit program funding to combat the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and improve residents’ lives in HUD-supported housing.

March 28, 2024

Washington- Under the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $173.8 Million in grants and loans to bring the total funding to $544 Million or more than 50% of the funding. Today, HUD Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced at Archer Courts in Chicago, IL, that it has received an $11.76 million grant through the program. Jonathan Rose companies will be using the funds for substantial energy efficiency renovations at this 146-unit property which is home to low-income individuals and families.

The grants and loans are a crucial part of President Biden’s investing in America agenda to support energy efficiency and climate resilience renovations at 25 properties in HUD’s Multifamily project-based rental assistance programs for low-income individuals, families, and seniors. The main aim of the investments announced today is to advance environmental justice in sync with President Biden’s Justice 40 Initiative according to which, 40% of the overall benefits flow to disadvantaged communities burdened by pollution or marginalized by underinvestment. By retrofitting these homes, the Biden-Harris administration strives to reduce carbon emissions, make them resilient to extreme weather, and advance housing and clean energy agenda. This in turn will ensure affordable housing stays affordable for residents and also the building owners of the nation. The awards announced today include GRRP retrofit awards for properties in Colorado, North Carolina, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oregon, Washington, and Florida.

HUD’s Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman said, “The Green and Resilient Retrofit Program is designed to improve the health, safety, quality, and comfort of residents’ homes and to ensure HUD-assisted multifamily housing becomes more sustainable. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to addressing the negative impacts of climate change and HUD’s programs are an important part of this work.”

Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory said, “President Biden’s Investing in America agenda has accelerated our efforts to deliver environmental justice for communities that have been left behind for too long. As part of the President’s Justice40 Initiative, every single grant awarded under this program is delivering safe and climate-resilient housing for residents most in need, including many that are at risk for damage from flooding and other climate fueled-extreme weather events”.

The properties with the highest need will receive the funding. The 25 awards about to receive comprehensive awards represent a mix of property sizes, energy efficiency, climate resilience, and affordable housing program participation. Out of 25 properties, 8 properties will be participating in the HUD Section 202 project-based rental assistance program meant for low-income seniors, and 17 properties will be participating in the HUD Section 8 project-based rental assistance program for low-income individuals and families. There are more than 200 units in one property and 17 properties have housing units ranging between 51-200. Out of all the properties, five properties have a high need for energy efficiency improvements and 14 properties run the risk of high climate crises such as disruption or damage to residents because of climate and extreme weather hazards such as heat, hurricanes, floods, and others.

HUD’s Assistant Secretary Julia Gordon believes that the power of the GRRP program to transform the properties and lives of low-income residents is underscored by the number of applications received for energy efficiency and climate resilience projects. The announcement made today reinforces the administration’s commitment to address climate challenges and provide safe and healthier homes for low-income families and seniors.

The Inflation Reduction Act of President Biden is the largest climate investment in history to initiate climate resiliency and energy efficiency improvements for HUD’s assisted rental portfolio.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “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”. Department of Housing and Urban Development, March 28, 2024,
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 | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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