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HUD Awards First Wave of Green Retrofit Funding

On Sept. 13th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded approximately $18 million to affordable housing providers under the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP) to support upgrades in HUD-assisted multifamily housing communities that will advance energy efficiency and climate resilience. This is the first round of GRRP awards to be released, with additional rounds expected throughout 2023 and 2024.

According to HUD’s press release, the first round of awards will benefit 28 affordable housing communities serving more than 3,400 low-income households, including older adults and people with disabilities.

Following congressional funding for the program through the Inflation Reduction Act, LeadingAge National advocated with HUD to focus on equity and scalability in funds distribution to project-based Section 8, Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, and Section 811 Supportive Housing for Disabilities in the form of grants or loans. LeadingAge National also recommended “standard” energy efficiency and climate resilience projects that HUD should deem eligible for the funds.

Forthcoming awards include “Leading Edge” and “Comprehensive” projects to make green improvements; HUD is accepting applications in waves to allow providers to apply throughout the coming year.

Contact: Annalyse Komoroske Denio, akomoroskedenio@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8866