We are excited to announce that Allston Brighton CDC is the recipient of two awards through the new Affordable Housing Deep Energy Retrofit Grant Program. A total of $27.35 million in grant funding is being made available to seven organizations across the Commonwealth to support deep energy retrofits, energy upgrades, building system electrification, and onsite renewable energy generation. This new funding opportunity is a critical component of decarbonizing ABCDC’s entire rental portfolio by 2040.
Caitlin Robillard, Director of Real Estate Development, Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation:
“We are grateful for DOER’s support on our two upcoming Deep Energy Retrofits in Allston and Brighton, which will reduce energy usage by an average of 60%! The Low- and Moderate-Income Housing Decarbonization Grant Program is exactly what affordable housing developers like our CDC needed. This DOER funding allowed us to close our financing gap on these critical preservation projects, ensuring these affordable housing units will be safe, healthy, and climate resilient for generations to come.”
This funding will provide support to two of our affordable properties in the neighborhood;
Hano Homes: Hano Homes is a 20-unit rental property, comprised of ten duplex rowhouses on Hano Street in Allston. The goal of this project is to fully decarbonized building through envelope improvements with embodied carbon storage, full systems electrification, and solar PV. The property is projected to see a 70% reduction in energy use, and with a rooftop solar array, is projected to be at, or approaching, net zero energy use. ABCDC will seek PHIUS Passive House Certification for this property.
Carol Avenue Apartments: Carol Avenue is a 33-unit property in a 1910 three-story brick building, which provides family-sized units for a range of incomes. The project includes a new roof, all new windows, installing solar panels on the roof, switching to all-electric heating and cooling, electric domestic hot water, and added insulation. These upgrades will reduce energy by over 50%.
We would like to thank The Healey-Driscoll Administration for the commitment to reducing energy use and lowering energy costs in affordable housing and for supporting these pivotal projects. We are also thankful to be part of this amazing cohort of organizations that have continued to push the decarbonization of affordable housing forward and we look forward to continuing this work in the future.