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HUD’s First Climate Action Plan

HUD’s New Climate Action Plan

HUD’s ambitious plan to tackle the climate crisis will help communities across the nation build more resilient infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create well-paid jobs, and pursue environmental justice for disproportionately impacted communities.

 

HUD’s New Climate Action Plan

HUD’s ambitious plan to tackle the climate crisis will help communities across the nation build more resilient infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create well-paid jobs, and pursue environmental justice for disproportionately impacted communities.

 

Climate Resilience and Adaptation. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Climate Resilience and Adaptation

Helping communities prepare for and equitably recover from natural disasters.

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Reducing Carbon Emissions

Reducing Carbon Emissions

Significantly reducing energy use in HUD-supported housing and switching to low-carbon or zero-carbon sources of energy, including solar.

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Pursuing Environmental Justice

Working to reverse disparities in exposure to environmental and health hazards for underserved communities.

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Major Action on Climate and Environmental Justice

 

Every HUD program and office has committed specific, time-bound actions on climate and environmental justice that collectively add up to a historic shift in HUD spending and policies toward using low- and zero-carbon energy and supporting the communities we serve as they recover from recent disasters and work to increase their resilience to ongoing climate and health risks, especially among historically underserved populations.

 

Community Planning and Development

 

The Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) provides billions of dollars in flexible funding to help communities recover from and build resilience to climate hazards and natural disasters, particularly low- and moderate-income communities who are especially vulnerable due to current and historic discrimination and disinvestment.

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Public Housing and Voucher Programs

 

Public Housing and Voucher programs include capital investments and energy incentives, along with support for major renovation projects associated with conversions to project-based vouchers.

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Native American Programs

 

The Office of Native American Programs administers housing and community development programs that benefit American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal members, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American organizations.

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Office of Housing

 

The Office of Housing plays a vital role for the nation's homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and communities through its nationally administered programs. It includes the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the largest mortgage insurer in the world. FHA mortgage financing programs, primarily its insurance programs, enable billions of dollars of private capital to fund the purchase, refinance, construction and rehabilitation of single- and multifamily housing.

The Office of Housing includes the following program offices that are most familiar to lenders, other housing industry participants, and consumers: Office of Single Family Housing, Office of Multifamily Housing, Office of Healthcare Programs, Office of Housing Counseling, and the Office of Manufactured Housing.

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Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

 

The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.

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Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

 

The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) was established by Congress in 1991 as the Office of Lead-Based Paint Abatement and Poisoning Prevention and was charged with protecting children and families from lead-based paint hazards in the home. In 1999, Congress expanded the Office’s mission to cover housing-related health and safety hazards more broadly, which it does through its Healthy Homes program.

The OLHCHH provides funds to state and local governments to develop and implement cost-effective ways to evaluate homes for and reduce hazards from lead-based paint, provides funds to state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations to evaluate homes for, and mitigate a broad range of housing-related health and safety hazards, enforces HUD's lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies (research) on methods of detecting, characterizing, and mitigating lead and other hazards in housing.

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Key Departmentwide Initiatives

 

In addition to the many actions program offices are taking to promote resilience, adaptation, decarbonization, and environmental justice strictly within their own programs, advancing these goals will require departmentwide, interagency and intergovernmental collaboration, including:

  • Implementing vulnerability assessments for multifamily properties, including a consideration of equity and the impact on relevant protected class groups
  • Developing a training series for HUD grantees and update HUD’s online tools to reflect updated floodplain risk management and wetlands protection policy
  • Facilitating trainings for grantees and partners that includes climate adaptation and environmental justice, incorporating climate risk in their areas
  • Developing enterprise-wide minimum data standards for utility management and risk mitigation and formulate an updated enterprise-wide approach to utility benchmarking
  • Establishing points for climate mitigation and adaptation measures in competitive Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) where appropriate
  • Continuing ongoing partnership with EPA to identify and investigate Public Housing and Multifamily assisted housing in which lead pollution and other contaminants of concern from National Priorities List sites could impact residents’ health
  • Where contamination is found in HUD-assisted housing, working across Federal, Tribal, State, and Local agencies and nongovernmental organizations to help the impacted community identify available resources and appropriate solutions to eliminate hazards and improve residents’ overall health
  • Collaborating with EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, we well as State and Tribal Response Programs, to ensure cross-agency alignment with respect to changing climate conditions brownfields policies
  • Refining departmentwide radon testing and mitigation standards by rule and deliver radon training series and guidance materials to HUD customers covering topics including radon basics, regulatory requirements, and testing and mitigation best practices
  • Updating Program guidance on environmental review procedures to include analysis of climate mitigation measures, adaptation strategies, and environmental justice

See the complete list of committed actions in the Climate Action Plan.

 

News and Announcements

 

HUD Press Releases

11/17/2021    HUD Releases Agency Climate Action Plan

11/01/2021    HUD Allocates More than $2 Billion to Advance Equitable Disaster Recovery, Build Climate Change Resilience

In Other News

11/12/2021    Around the Agencies: HUD's Climate Pitch (from Morning Energy Newsletter)

 

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