Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) is grateful for the opportunity to respond to HUD's Request for Information (RFI) on the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program. SAHF and its members are strongly committed to the success of the GRRP, and our recommendations detailed in this letter focus on what a well-designed GRPP could accomplish through targeted rounds, cautions against too large a scope, and builds upon lessons learned from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) era- Green Retrofit Program (ARRA GRP) and advancements made in the field over the last decade.
GRRP presents a significant opportunity to not only improve energy efficiency and climate resilience at thousands of rental homes in the near term, but to address systemic barriers to the scaled adoption of more efficient and lower carbon approaches in affordable rental housing. We strongly encourage HUD to adopt a flexible, multi-pathway, equitable approach informed by the unique expertise of owners in order to fully harness this opportunity to scale change.
To review SAHF's responses to the numbered questions in the RFI, access the full letter below.