|Flexibility = Key to Success for Emerald Cities RENEW Multi-Family Affordable Housing Program
Photo by Michael B. Maine
As this year of political and social turmoil draws to a close, Emerald Cities Collaborative’s (ECC) RENEW Seattle Multi-family Program is demonstrating that with flexibility, commitment and alignment of missions, public and private partners can craft programs that lift up low-income communities. Beginning with two affordable multi-family buildings owned by the local nonprofit Plymouth Housing Group, RENEW Seattle will make energy and water efficiency upgrades that cost less than the resulting utility bill savings.
The Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) is lending Plymouth the funds for the efficiency measures; and the local public utility, Seattle City Light (SCL), is facilitating on-bill repayment of the financing.