Multifamily Public Housing

Decarbonizing the Nation’s Buildings ~ Ensuring Multifamily Benefits from the Push

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Ensuring Multifamily Benefits from the Push By Ravi Malhotra Tax Credit Advisor, August 2023 Since early 2023, ICAST’s articles have covered the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and their potential impacts on multifamily affordable housing. The BIL provided billions for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) on top of the standard allocation, so for the next four …

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Electrification Upgrades

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A New Generation of Heat Pump Systems Increases Efficiency By Ravi Malhotra Tax Credit Advisor, July 2023 More and more states have regulations and mandates requiring multifamily affordable housing properties to decarbonize (i.e., replace the use of natural gas, oil, or propane with electricity). This can be accomplished by upgrading systems for space and water heating. Electric heat pumps are …

June 2023 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* Environmental Protection Agency Releases Framework for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new details on implementing the $27B Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). Funds for the GGRF were provided by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA); this Program will leverage public investment with private capital to finance clean energy projects …

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May 2023 Policy Blog

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Kristen Cheriegate  |  ICAST Policy Analyst ******************* U.S. Government Draft Budget Proposals Released for Fiscal Year 2024 In the President’s Budget Message, President Biden states his budget goals to continue lowering costs like affordable housing, home energy bills, and more. Budget Highlights include: Department of Energy (DOE): $11.9B in climate and clean energy research development, demonstration, and deployment to achieve …

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Funding for Green Upgrades and Preservation

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By Ravi Malhotra, Founder and President, ICAST NH&RA, March 2023 Engaging Multifamily Owners The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provided the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with approximately $35 billion that is relevant to multifamily affordable housing. These funds are for emissions reduction projects, and multifamily housing can access them to facilitate green upgrades for affordable housing preservation. Through two separate programs, …

ICAST’s Work with Environmental Justice Communities Advances Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

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ICAST’s Work with Environmental Justice Communities Advances Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion  As recently announced, ICAST was awarded $50,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to serve multifamily affordable housing (MFAH) property owners in environmental justice (EJ) communities in New Mexico. Maintaining healthy, affordable housing is a clear EJ goal: it promotes healthy, productive, and sustainable environments for …