Multifamily Affordable Housing Weatherization

EOC offers two avenues for affordable housing providers to improve the energy efficiency of their properties – the Multifamily Affordable Housing Weatherization Program and the Affordable Housing Rebate Program

Both programs help fund weatherization improvements, including new insulation, high-efficiency water heaters and pumps, and efficient light fixtures.

EOC helps property owners through both programs conduct an energy audit, navigate rebates and funding, and work with contractors to ensure a complete and timely project. The result is lower operating costs that ensure properties remain affordable for tenants. 

 

How can housing managers apply?

To qualify for the Multifamily Affordable Housing Weatherization Program:

  • At least 67% of a building’s population must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level or 60% at median income 
  • The building must have a central heating system or units that are individually heated

To qualify for the Affordable Housing Rebate Program:

  • At least 66% of the building’s residents must be at or below  80% of area median income
  • The building’s energy utility is served by Black Hills Energy, Platte River Power Authority, Xcel Energy, Atmos Energy, or Colorado Natural Gas

To find out more about the programs, contact multifamily@energyoutreach.org

 
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We are always looking for contractors to partner with to help us do this work. If you’re interested, review the list of current RFPs and email Ashley Feiertag.  

Helping Keep A Neighborhood Affordable

Kentucky Circle Village, a senior-living community tucked away in the Glendale neighborhood of Denver, provides a peaceful, affordable haven for its 180 residents. “It’s a great place to live, especially if you’re on a fixed income,” said 67-year-old Thomas Gildart, a resident for the past five years. “You can’t find another place like what we have here for the price we pay.”

The building manager had worried about that endlessly because he knew that with the increasing energy bills and no money for improvements, the rent was going to have to go up. “Most affordable housing is subsidized by the Federal Government, but we aren’t. We keep the rent just high enough to cover expenses and we are always running on a shoestring.”

Through our Multifamily Weatherization Program, EOC was able to provide significant energy efficiency upgrades which included replacing furnaces, sealing, and insulation. This was possible through our partnership with Xcel Energy and the Denver Department of Strategic Partnerships. This project provided the facility energy cost savings that will have the long-term benefit of keeping rents affordable for the seniors in residence.

Impact

Through both programs, EOC serves between 70 to 80 housing projects annually and helps ensure affordable housing stock in those communities remains in place.

Funding

Projects through the Multifamily Affordable Housing Weatherization Assistance Program are funded by Department of Energy and/or Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP).

Projects through the Affordable Housing Rebate Program are funded by the Denver Office of Nonprofit Engagement and Colorado utility companies including Black Hills Energy, Platte River Power Authority, Xcel Energy, Atmos Energy, and Colorado Natural Gas.

About EOC

For over 30 years, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has been a leading expert on issues impacting income-qualified energy consumers and how best to meet the needs of our state’s diverse population. EOC leads a network of industry, state, and local partners to Support, Stabilize and Sustain income-qualifying Coloradans so they can afford their home energy needs in an ever-changing energy market.