|The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved Community Project Funding for the FY2022 Economic Development Initiative, Community Project Funding (CPF) /congressionally directed spending grant, as funded by the Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (PL 117-103) (the Act) and as described in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Act.
This CPF grant funding will be used to provide home energy retrofits to residents through the Flagstaff Home Energy Retrofit Program. The program aims to help low-income and vulnerable households make home investments that will save energy, lower utility bills, improve health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This program will build on a former energy retrofit program run by the City of Flagstaff from 2011 – 2014, funded partly by the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program. The City will use the framework from the past award-winning program to rapidly develop a revamped program that focuses specifically on low-income and vulnerable households and home electrification.
The program will be managed by City of Flagstaff staff in collaboration with local contractors and other regional partners. Administrative tasks include application intake, verifying requested repairs, procurement, verifying completion, contractor payment, and file documentation. The City will contract with local contractors to make the repairs. Retrofits will be subsidized at a sliding scale based on income, with subsidies covering most or all of the cost of retrofits for most families.
The program will provide up to 80 home retrofits, serving low-income and vulnerable households in Flagstaff. This program targets low-income and vulnerable households due to the persistent high energy burdens faced by these groups.
The program will be available for both owner- and renter-occupied units and will seek to serve all housing types (single-family and multi-family housing).
- Low-income is defined using the HUD low-income limits. They are defined as households with incomes less than 80% of the Flagstaff area median income (AMI) in the past year.
- Vulnerable families are defined as those families that face additional risk of housing insecurity and climate change. Examples include having a family member with a disability or health condition, a history of housing insecurity, or children in the household. This is a broad definition that will be refined as the program is developed.