The San Diego Housing Federation held their Annual Ruby Awards on June 2, 2016 to honor those individuals and organizations who work diligently to address the issue of providing decent affordable housing. An important component in achieving affordability is ensuring these communities promotes energy efficiency when retrofitting an existing property. This year’s SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award: Retrofit went to Community HousingWorks.
Community HousingWorks is committed to its mission of helping residents and preserving affordable housing by making energy efficiency improvements to 13 properties encompassing approximately 1,500 units. They have taken advantage of the incentives available through the Energy Upgrade California Multifamily program at several of these properties.
Community HousingWorks has walked the walk when it comes to sustainable affordable housing. They have greened their portfolio and provided direct economic benefits to their tenants while stabilizing their assets. Community HousingWorks should be honored for their vision and leadership as it relates to bridging the green divide and helping low income tenants while at the same time preserving affordable housing and making it more sustainable.
In addition, the Ruby Award Project of the Year- Rehab went to Sonoma Court with Affirmed Housing. The property was made energy efficient and is now virtually net zero. Green upgrades include a solar photovoltaic system, highly-efficient heat pumps, energy star appliances, dual-pane windows, and a new roof with a high Solar Reflective Index. This rehab enhances the communities appeal, the resident’s lives and overall revitalization of a community aging in place.
Click for a complete list of the San Diego Housing Federation’s Ruby Award winners
To learn how the Energy Upgrade California Multifamily program can benefit both property owners and their residents contact Nicole Beaulieu at 916-844-0084 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org