Updates

Centering Residents, Decarbonization, Healthy Homes

Centering Residents in Building Decisions

As affordable housing providers strive to become more inclusive and person-centered, over the past year SAHF member, Community Housing Partners (CHP), explored new ways to deepen engagement with residents before, during and after a major rehabilitation at a 78-unit affordable townhome community in Blacksburg, Virginia. CHP applied SAHF’s resident benefits framework to focus on the benefits of building upgrades and to conscientiously involve residents as key partners in the decision-making process. While doing this in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic had its challenges, CHP learned many valuable engagement strategies and lessons during this experience. These lessons are highlighted in SAHF’s Centering Residents in Building Decisions case study.

Healthy Homes, Decarbonization, Policy

National Affordable Housing Collaborative Achieves Its Ambitious Environmental Goals

SAHF publishes the Big Reach Report highlighting a seven-year initiative that a collaborative of 13 mission-driven, nonprofit housing providers pursued to reduce portfolio-wide energy and water consumption by 20% by 2020 and to advance environmental sustainability in multifamily affordable housing.

Healthy Homes, Decarbonization, Health & Housing

Health at Home During COVID-19 and Beyond

SAHF and its members understand that a stable home can support both physical and mental health. From indoor air quality to the ability to control your own home environment and life choices, where you live can be a pillar or a barrier to well-being.

Decarbonization, Healthy Homes, Impact

DOE and HUD Recognize Two SAHF Members as Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achievers

At the 2020 Better Buildings Summit, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized Stewards of Affordable Housing of the Future (SAHF) members Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and Mercy Housing as Better Buildings Goal Achievers. With this year’s recognition, POAH and Mercy Housing are the first multi-state nonprofit affordable housing providers to achieve their BBC goals of reducing portfolio-wide energy consumption by 20%.

Healthy Homes, Decarbonization

SAHF Launches New Resident Voices Videos

SAHF's new Resident Voices videos highlight the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades to residents who live in affordable housing.The videos feature residents sharing their “before and after” quality of life experiences from a personal perspective at SAHF-member properties.

Healthy Homes, Decarbonization

Driving toward the Greater Good

Energy and water efficiency upgrades deliver financial, health, comfort, education, and social resiliency benefits to residents. SAHF's new Driving toward the Greater Good white paper and Resident Benefits Indicator tool explores the relationship between different building upgrades and residents and how to conscientiously incorporate resident benefits in retrofit decision making.