March 28, 2024

HUD: $173 Million Announced to Make Homes More Energy Efficient and Climate Resilient for Low-Income Americans

Over half of Green and Resilient Retrofit Program funding has now been awarded to combat the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and improve lives for residents in HUD-supported housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced $173.8 million in new grant and loan awards under its Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP), bringing the total funding awarded under this program to a total of $544 million, or more than 50 percent of funding being awarded through this program. The announcement was made today by HUD Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson at Archer Courts in Chicago, IL, which was awarded an $11.76 million grant under the program. The funds will be used by owner Jonathan Rose Companies for substantial energy efficiency renovations at this 146-unit property, which is home to low-income individuals and families.

The grants and loans announced today as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda will support energy efficiency and climate resilience renovations at 25 properties participating in HUD’s Multifamily project-based rental assistance programs for low-income individuals, families, and seniors. All of the investments announced today will advance environmental justice in line with President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative which sets a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution. Retrofitting these homes will reduce their carbon emissions, make them more resilient to extreme weather events, and advance the President’s housing and clean energy agenda, ensuring affordable housing stays affordable for residents and building owners across the nation. Today’s awards include the first GRRP retrofit awards for properties located in the states of Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington.

“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,” said Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman. “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.”

“Far too many Americans struggle to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer,” said John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the President for International Climate Policy. “Today’s awards from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will boost the quality of life for thousands of moderate- and low-income American families by making their homes safer and more comfortable.”

“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,” said Brenda Mallory, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The GRRP Comprehensive awards provide funding to properties with the highest need for climate resilience and utility efficiency upgrades. The 25 properties receiving Comprehensive awards today represent a mix of property sizes, affordable housing program participation, and energy efficiency and climate resilience needs. Eight are properties participating in the HUD Section 202 project-based rental assistance program for low-income seniors and 17 are properties participating in the HUD Section 8 project-based rental assistance program for low-income individuals and families. One property has more than 200 units, 17 properties have between 51-200 units, and seven properties have 50 or fewer units. Five properties have very high need for energy efficiency improvements and 14 properties have very high climate risks which include the risk of significant damage and disruption to residents from climate and extreme weather hazards, such as extreme heat, hurricanes, flooding, and other catastrophic storm events. View the full list of grantees here.

“The power of the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program to transform properties and the lives of low-income families is underscored by the variety of applications we continue to receive for energy efficiency and climate resilience projects,” said Assistant Secretary for Housing Julia Gordon. “Today’s announcement reinforces this Administration’s dual commitment to addressing climate challenges and providing safer and healthier homes for low-income families and seniors.”

President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act-the largest climate investment in history-established the GRRP in 2022 to fund energy efficiency and resiliency improvements for HUD’s assisted rental portfolio.

FACT SHEET: Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Progress to Date

Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Background Detail

The GRRP Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and additional guidance detail the multiple funding options for which property owners may apply:

Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Comprehensive Round Two Awards
March 28, 2024

Awardee City State Property Name Award Amount 
Sterling Senior HousingBellinghamWASterling Senior Housing$1,680,000
Woodlands Barkley, LLCLoch SheldrakeNYLake View Apartments$4,720,000
2242 Archer Courts, LLCChicagoILArcher Courts$11,760,000
POAH Austin Renaissance, LLCChicagoILAustin Renaissance Apartments$5,680,000
Trinity Woods, Inc.EmporiaVATrinity Woods$5,680,000
Broadmeadow Affordable LLCCovingtonTNBroadmeadow Apartments$11,840,000
Pleasant Valley Southview Apartments, LPDickinsonNDSouthview II$1,280,000
Lewis Mall Apartments, Inc.East BostonMALewis Mall Apartments$3,760,000
St. Monica Gardens, Inc.Miami GardensFLSt. Monica Gardens$6,720,000
United Church Residences of Greenwood, Mississippi, Inc.GreenwoodMSCottonwood Glen$3,200,000
Happy Harbor Senior HousingLa PorteTXHappy Harbor Senior Housing (a.k.a. MRC La Porte Communities)$4,080,000
Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA)LancasterCALancaster Homes Apartments$9,600,000
National Church Residences of Clinton, NC, Inc.ClintonNCClinton Crossing$2,560,000
St. Joseph Towers, Inc.Lauderdale LakesFLSt. Joseph Towers$8,640,000
Wesley Stage Park, Inc.MemphisTNWesley Stage Park$5,280,000
Magnolia Gardens, Inc.SuffolkVAMagnolia Gardens$5,440,000
Triborough Preservation LLCNew YorkNYTriborough Preservation$20,000,000
St. Joseph Haitian Mission Manor, Inc.Pompano BeachFLSt. Joseph Haitian Mission Manor$4,960,000
Oak Associates Limited PartnershipPortlandORThe Oak (333 Oak)$7,200,000
Lion’s Community Service CorporationSan DiegoCALions Community Manor$10,480,000
Highland Meadows Associates, L.P.CarthageMOHighland Meadows$3,520,000
Northeast Plaza Partners, RLLLPSterlingCONortheast Plaza Apartments$3,760,000
Preservation Square V, LPSt. LouisMOO’Fallon Place 1A (dba Preservation Square)$16,000,000
Town North Affordable LLCTexarkanaTXTown North Apartments$8,000,000
Colony Retirement Homes III, Inc.WorcesterMAColony Retirement Homes III$8,000,000
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