HFAs’ affordable housing efforts increasingly emphasize making homes and communities more sustainable by promoting energy-efficiency, connecting housing to jobs, increasing access to affordable transportation, supporting educational opportunity, and making homes healthier.
Sustainable Housing Resources
Federal Government Initiatives
- DOE Better Buildings Neighborhood Program
- DOT Sustainability Efforts
- Enviornmental Protection Agency Partnership
- EPA Sustainability
- HUD Sustainable Development Resources
- HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Other Sustainability Initiatives
- Enterprise Green Communities
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation Green Development Center
- National Association of Home Builders Green
NCSHA Blog Posts
- May 12, 2015
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a Notice of Final Determination that establishes minimum energy standards that newly-constructed housing units must meet to be eligible for insurance through various HUD and USDA programs.
- February 12, 2015
The Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards submission period is currently open. The awards, named after a former ULI trustee and ULI Foundation chairman, aim to honor local and state initiatives, programs, and policies that support and promote the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of affordable housing. Applicants for the awards must be a state (or a department or office within a state) or a unit of a local jurisdiction. The programs or policies submitted for the awards must have at least 25 percent of the units dedicated to households earning up to 120 percent of the HUD area median income (AMI). Exceptions can be made to the AMI requirement for programs and policies based in very high-cost areas if the applicant demonstrates the need for the initiative.
- Joint Center for Housing Studies
- New York Times
- Maryland DHCD: Ocean City, Annapolis and Towson Are Among Towns Added to Maryland’s List of Sustainable CommunitiesDecember 23, 2013
Seventeen Maryland communities – including the resort town of Ocean City and the retail and college hub of Towson – were added to the state’s list of Sustainable Communities this fall, joining the statewide initiative to strengthen reinvestment and revitalization in Maryland’s older neighborhoods.
- March 7, 2011
Always scrambling for funds for weatherization, Dale McCormick, agency director, got the idea of trying to make money by selling carbon offsets for the reductions in carbon emissions the agency was attaining through insulating, weather-stripping and caulking homes.
Sustainable Housing - Resources
- May 12, 2015
On May 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a Notice of Final Determination that establishes minimum energy standards that newly-constructed housing units must meet to be eligible for insurance through various HUD and USDA programs. The attched provides background information on the Notice.
- February 27, 2015
The 2015 NCSHA Congressional Handout is available for download here. This effective tool may be used when speaking to members of Congress, state officials, and business partners alike. Filled with recent statistics and compelling graphics, this informational brochure may be used to share with your constituents the important work that HFAs do and why they do it.