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.
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
- April 20, 2016
The Senate passed an amendment yesterday that would allow lenders to account for a home's energy efficiency and expected monthly utility bill savings when determining borrowers' eligibility for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured single-family loans.
- January 29, 2016
On January 28, HUD announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce its multifamily insurance rates to stimulate the production and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing. These rate reductions, effective April 1, will apply to the FHA-HFA Risk-Sharing program and other FHA multifamily housing programs that help finance properties housing low-income families and developments installing energy-efficient systems or building within federal energy guidelines. Multifamily insurance rates for financing of market-rate properties that are not energy efficient will remain unchanged.
- NYC HDC's website
- 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 16, 2016
One telling indicator of the state of the nation’s housing is the drop in the homeownership rate to just 64.5 percent last year, erasing nearly all of the increase in the previous two decades. The number of homeowners fell for the eighth straight year, signaling persistently weak demand in this key market segment. And the trend does not appear to be abating, with the national homeownership rate down to 63.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015.
- May 16, 2016
The decade-long surge in rental demand is unprecedented. In mid-2015, 43 million families and individuals lived in rental housing, up nearly 9 million from 2005—the largest gain in any 10-year period on record. In addition, the share of all US households that rent rose from 31 percent to 37 percent, its highest level since the mid-1960s.