Updates

Decarbonization, Environmental Sustainability

SAHF Releases the Carbon Roadmap

SAHF launches the Carbon Roadmap, a free tool to help multifamily portfolio owners and operators reduce carbon emissions in affordable housing. With the Roadmap, multifamily portfolio owners can test scenarios and create plans to understand better the impact of decarbonization strategies on portions of their portfolio. The Wells Fargo Foundation funds both the Roadmap and the Calculator.

Decarbonization, Environmental Sustainability

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.

Decarbonization, Environmental Sustainability

Multifamily Portfolio Carbon Emissions Calculator

The SAHF Multifamily Portfolio Carbon Emissions Calculator ("the Calculator") allows multifamily portfolio owners to calculate their annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in CO2 equivalent ("carbon emissions").

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%.

Decarbonization, Environmental Sustainability

Improving Income Qualification for Energy Efficiency Programs: Recommended Approaches for Subsidized Affordable Housing

In collaboration with Energy Efficiency for All, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future developed this fact sheet to offer guidance on how to design and administer income-eligibility criteria for low-income utility efficiency programs in ways that reduce barriers for the affordable housing owners and their residents who need these resources the most.