I have been participating in a community group interested in social equity and a significant issue in our small city is housing inequality and owners without the means to keep up with their aging homes. We discussed advice and loan programs already available to low income residents but hope the city can do more in outright grants to individual home owners. I realize funding is the big hurdle but our city might actually have access to some seed money from a REC program if they can be convinced. Can any of you point me towards communities or cities that operate competitive grant programs for efficiency updates, emergency repairs, or the like? Or if not grants, some other program that reduces the bottom line for home owners (but without a ton of intimidating paperwork)?
Many thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.
Oberlin Heritage Center
73 1/2 South Professor Street
P.O. Box 0455
Oberlin, OH 44074-0455
Hi Liz,Our Energy Savers program at the Chicago Bungalow Association is a good example of what you're describing! The program covers free energy efficiency retrofits for low-income homeowners living in homes built at least 50 years ago in Chicago. We've completed about 7,500 retrofits in Chicago, an investment of over $27 million in the city's communities and vintage single-family housing stock. The program has gone through changes since it started in 2008, and now each retrofit is valued between $5,000 and $12,000. You can visit our program page at www.chicagobungalow.org/energy-savers and send me an email if you'd like to learn more! Our Executive Director would be happy to schedule a call with you and answer any questions.Angela Pauldine
Director of CommunicationsChicago Bungalow Association52 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 740Chicago, IL 60604(312) 675-0300 firstname.lastname@example.org
2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20037
The Preservation Leadership Forum of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a network of preservation leaders — professionals, students, volunteers, activists, experts — who share the latest ideas, information, and advice, and have access to in-depth preservation resources and training.
COLLABORATING PARTNERS National Trust Insurance Services National Trust Community Investment Corporation National Main Street Center
The National Trust's federal tax identification number is 53-0210807.