February 2, 2021

2020 in Review from the Partnership's 
Sustainable Housing Team

As we turn the page on a year unlike any other, the California Housing Partnership's Sustainable Housing team continues its advocacy work through a variety of upcoming projects in 2021. Despite the challenges wrought by the pandemic, we are grateful to have had the opportunity last year to work with many amazing partners and provide much-needed support to affordable housing tenants and operators. 

Looking ahead, we plan to continue working with partners to support the publication of new case studies covering both the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) and the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) programs, that will serve as valuable resources to affordable housing operators in the sustainability space. Building off the success of last year's Building Decarbonization Summit, we will aim to host a follow up summit to continue the conversation around decarbonization and further explore options for advocacy. We will also conduct an additional property owner impact survey to track the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on affordable housing providers and residents. 

Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news, expert opinions, clean energy funding sources, and green events by subscribing to our Green Rental home Energy Efficiency Network (GREEN) mailing list. Individuals interested in networking with nonprofit owners and operators can also join our online Yammer forum or serve on our GREEN Advisory Board. If you missed any of our events in 2020, summaries and links to our educational resources can be found below. We look forward to connecting with you throughout 2021!


The California Housing Partnership Sustainable Housing Team

Summary of GREEN Events in 2020


Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP)

In partnership with property owners, we developed two new case study resources for the Low-Income Weatherization Program which are accessible from the LIWP website:

Tenderloin Neighborhood Community Development (TNDC) Electrification Case Study [PDF]

Century Housing + Restore Neighborhoods LA (RNLA) Deep Energy Savings Retrofit Case Study [


Affordable Housing Building Decarbonization Summit | Oct & Nov 2020
The Partnership hosted this summit as a forum for nonprofit affordable housing teams to discuss and recommend equitable decarbonization strategies for new and existing affordable housing properties. Answering the question: Amidst the perfect storm of a pandemic within a pre-existing housing emergency within a growing climate crisis, what factors should the state and environmental advocates consider in addressing these overlapping priorities? Summary findings will be released by the Partnership in early 2021.
  • Event Details | Contact: Srinidhi Sampath Kumar, ssampath@chpc.net


1) SOMAH Property Owner Series: Program Overview for the Central Valley (2/11/20)
  • Slide Deck | Contact: Michael Claproth, mclaproth@chpc.net
2) GREEN Talk: Coldwater Bypass and Crossover (2/20/20)

3) LA's Green New Deal and Building Decarbonization: What's Ahead for Affordable Housing? (co-marketed with SCANPH) (3/18/20)
  • Slide DeckContact: Michael Claproth, mclaproth@chpc.net

6) Clean Energy Funding Resources for COVID-19 Response (6/3/20)

9) Path Forward: Getting to Zero Carbon Equitably (Brown Bag hosted by NPH) (8/27/20)

10) Clean Energy for Healthy Affordable Housing (co-marketed with the ELPN)(10/20/20)


City of Los Angeles
  • Ensuring Mayor Eric Garcetti's vision for a proposed building decarbonization ordinance integrates affordable housing priorities
  • Advocating to the Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to improve and expand its clean energy policies and programs for low-income renters living in multifamily affordable buildings: 


To learn more about clean energy programs for multifamily affordable rental housing and receive training or technical assistance on SOMAH, LIWP and other sustainable housing programs and initiatives, you can reach out to the Partnership's Sustainable Housing team at the following annual housing conferences:

On an ongoing basis, we welcome feedback from our partners to inform the events and resources we provide. If you have suggestions/questions or would like to set up an interest call for the LIWP or SOMAH programs, please email Michael Claproth at mclaproth@chpc.net.

About the California Housing Partnership

The California Housing Partnership creates and preserves affordable and sustainable homes for Californians with low incomes by providing expert financial and policy solutions to nonprofit and public partners. Since 1988, the Partnership's on-the-ground technical assistance, applied research, and legislative leadership has leveraged more than $20 billion in private and public financing to preserve and create more than 75,000 affordable homes. | chpc.net

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