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.
For more information on NCSHA’s Sustainable Housing advocacy, contact Glenn Gallo, Legislative and Policy Associate, at email@example.com. Members of the media should contact Lisa Bowman, Director of Marketing and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Government Initiatives
- DOE Better Buildings Neighborhood Program
- DOT Sustainability Efforts
- Environmental Protection Agency Partnership
- EPA Sustainability
- HUD Sustainable Development Resources
- HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Other Sustainability Initiatives
- Enterprise Green Communities
- Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
- National Association of Home Builders Green
- July 6, 201719 HFAs Awarded HUD Housing Counseling Grants for FY 2017
HUD announced today the recipients of just over $47 million in Housing Counseling program grants for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The funding will go to 255 different housing counseling agencies, including 29 state HFAs, who combined will receive just over $7.8 million in grants.
- April 28, 2017Trump Nominates Pam Patenaude for Deputy HUD Secretary
The White House announced today that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Pamela Patenaude to serve as Deputy Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- March 27, 2015Ed Golding to Replace Biniam Gebre as FHA Head
HUD announced yesterday that Biniam Gebre, the Acting Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing, will leave his position with FHA on April 7.
Sustainable Housing - Resources
- May 16, 2016JCHS: The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015
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, 2016JCHS: America’s Rental Housing: Expanding Options for Diverse and Growing Demand
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.
- May 16, 2016NLIHC: Out of Reach 2015
The data in Out of Reach is sobering. In my home state of Oregon, and in communities across the country, working families searching for affordable rental units find little to nothing in their price range. There simply isn’t enough reasonably priced, decently maintained housing to meet the demand, and rapidly rising rents outpace wages. As a result, one out of four households spends more than half their income on housing costs. People with low or fixed incomes face even bleaker situations