Short Virtual Meeting Fri Nov 18: Focus Group on Clean Energy and Housing Choice Voucher Technical Assistance

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11/18/2022 12:00 PM - 11/18/2022 1:00 PM

This short virtual meeting will take landlord input for a new energy upgrade program applicable to Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) units.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Boston Housing Authority (BHA), and Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) are partnering to design a new program called "Clean Energy for Vouchers." Under this program, these organizations would work with landlords to install clean energy technologies that save on energy and reduce pollution, including possibly solar panels, clean heating and cooling, and energy efficiency upgrades. In exchange for free technical assistance and support, landlords would provide affordable housing units to Section 8 voucher holders. The goal would be to both increase clean energy and expand affordable housing options in the Boston Metro area. This program would build on a proven, albeit nascent model from Minnesota called "Solar-For-Vouchers," and we hope this could work in Greater Boston too. This effort is supported with funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the program.
  • Share your experience renting to Section 8.
  • Tell us what your building needs to reach zero emissions.
  • Provide valuable input to the planning process.

Attendees will leave having contributed to a new program to be announced that may benefit you, your buildings and your business.

On the short wall above sliding glass doors, a wall mount heat pump in a modest apartment provides heating and cooling without greenhouse gas emissions.
A wall mount heat pump and air conditioner is one example of the kind of upgrade that might become cheaper or easier under this program.
Brooks wears a short full beard and a suit and bow tie at a special occasion.
Brooks Winner, Senior Clean Energy Specialist, MAPC

This focus group will be led by Brooks Winner, Senior Clean Energy Specialist at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Also participating will be Nicholas Kelly, Boston Housing Authority and Sasha Shyduroff, Senior Clean Energy and Climate Planner, MAPC.

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Friday, November 18th

Short Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 12:00pm Introductions
  • 12:05pm Focus group
  • 1:00pm Meeting ends

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