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Resilient Affordable Housing Grants

OVERVIEW

LISC Boston is releasing a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for Resilient Affordable Housing Grants under the Section 4 Capacity Building Program. The purpose of this program is to enhance the technical and administrative capacity of community development corporations (“CDCs”) and community housing development organizations (“CHDOs”) that own affordable housing to prepare for and mitigate the impact of extreme weather events, sea level rise, and other impacts of climate change.

PURPOSE

LISC Boston will provide grants to fund building resiliency assessments and emergency management plans for Massachusetts multifamily affordable housing owners and property managers committed to identifying and proactively implementing cost-effective resilient building strategies to help their most vulnerable existing properties and residents successfully withstand future climate impacts.

  1. Provide Resiliency Assessments for Vulnerable Properties.

Resiliency assessments provide concrete and actionable recommendations, ranked by cost-effectiveness, to enable owners of existing buildings to make improvements to their properties that will help them resist damage from severe weather and bounce back more quickly should damage occur.

Within the context of this RFP, we will define vulnerable properties as:

  • Properties within the 100-Year Floodplain
  • Properties that would be flooded in the event of a Category 1 Hurricane (or higher)
  • Properties that, by virtue of their urban location or population type, are at higher risk for overheating conditions during extreme heat events.

Emphasis will be placed on vulnerable properties approaching rehabilitation/recapitalization because it is much more likely that resiliency recommendations can be implemented through the property’s planned rehabilitation. Resiliency assessments will be provided directly by expert consultant New Ecology (www.newecology.org), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit nationally known for their community focused work advancing sustainable practices, creating clean energy, eliminating pollution and waste, promoting resiliency, and ensuring healthy environments in which to live and work.

  1. Create Emergency Management Plans for Owners’ Properties.

Organizations that have clear, well-rehearsed emergency management plans can better manage a more effective, coordinated disaster response and mitigate negative impacts on residents and infrastructure.  New Ecology will help owner groups and their respective property managers develop operational emergency management plans. These plans will include both emergency response capacity building for the owner team and their property management team, as well as the development of emergency plan documents that incorporate property-specific plans to guide effective and efficient response in the event of an emergency. Emergency management training and plans may include such information as how owner and property management teams will ensure residents are safe, have adequate access to clean water, food, medications/medical attention, and sufficient power for critical needs. These plans are particularly important for socially and economically vulnerable residents who may not have the ability or means to evacuate in the event of an extended emergency.

Grant Amounts: Grants will be sized to cover the cost of the Resiliency Assessment and Emergency Management Plan. LISC anticipates making 5 to 7 grants of $7,000 to $9,000 each.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 6, 2019 or until the funding pool is depleted. Please submit proposals via email to Emily Jones (ejones@lisc.org).

2019 Resilient Affordable Housing Grants RFP
Download RFP Here