Mayor Menino Announces $900,000 for Energy Improvements to Affordable Housing Developments
Funds Made Possible by $6.5M Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
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For Immediate Release
September 23, 2010
Released By:
Neighborhood Development
For More Information Contact:
Lucy Warsh

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that his Office of Environment and Energy Services and the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) have partnered to make available $900,000 for energy performance improvements to affordable housing developments throughout Boston.  The funds, which will be administered through the Renew Boston and Green Affordable Housing Program, are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental and Energy Services’ $6.5 million award made in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

“This partnership will enable important improvements to the energy performance of low-income multi-family buildings in our city, and we’re pleased to make it available to the affordable housing community,” Mayor Menino said.  “This funding pool represents another way that we are putting Recovery dollars to work in Boston, and we’re grateful to Senator John Kerry, Congressmen Michael Capuano, and Congressman Stephen Lynch for their continued leadership in making that possible.”

The new funding is designed to work in concert with $1 million in energy retrofit funds made available by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), as well as the Low-Income Multifamily Retrofit program, an initiative of Massachusetts utility companies, and the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN) that provides retrofit grants for existing low-income multi-family properties. Energy retrofit funding awards will be made to qualifying non-profit and for-profit housing developments based on a number of priorities and criteria, including: 

  • Developments that have a demonstrated need for energy efficiency upgrades but not currently benefiting from utility rebates 
  • Developments that are owned by for-profit developers not currently receiving LEAN funding, that demonstrate an ability to leverage additional resources to address energy efficiency upgrades 
  • Developments owned by non-profit developers or developments owned by for-profit developers in which tenants pay their own heat and electricity

  • Developments that have restrictions requiring that the majority of the units serve households earn less than 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Developments that demonstrate a commitment to the use of Boston-based businesses 

More information about the funding and how to apply may be found at




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