NLIHC joined 13 other members of the Green Affordable Housing Coalition to urge appropriators to support the President’s FY12 budget request for programs promoting green development and energy efficiency in affordable housing. The letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ chairs and ranking members cites HUD housing development programs that support green development and energy efficiency retrofits as well as programs in the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture.
The letter states that “making all affordable housing more energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, healthy and economical helps conserve scarce government resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, promotes energy independence, and lowers healthcare costs, which helps provide an overall better quality of life for low-income families and communities.”
The organizations also cite cost savings to the federal government as an additional reason for fully funding certain HUD programs. “HUD spends in excess of $5 billion annually on utility costs. Even modest energy savings would yield considerable budget savings.”
View the letter at: http://www.nlihc.org/doc/Green_Affordable_Housing_FY12_Budget.pdf