NYLCVEF Partners With CLOTH for Green Affordable Housing

March 31, 2016

In December 2014 and early 2015, NYLCVEF partnered with the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), a community development corporation in Washington Heights, on a petition to Mayor de Blasio asking him to include green building in his plans for affordable housing and decreasing carbon emissions.

Residents of Washington Heights don’t just need lower rent – they need a strong and vibrant environment to make the neighborhood sustainable and healthy, and CLOTH recently implemented the Green 159 project to move toward this goal. Public support of programs like CLOTH’s Green 159 project could have important benefits for tenants and neighborhoods. By making housing green, we can also make it affordable.

Green housing can lower heating costs and reduce electric bills all while giving its residents fresh air to breathe. Through green building options, such as solar panels, rooftop gardens and improved insulation, we can provide a better standard of living at a lower cost. In partnership with CLOTH and Red Horse Strategies, NYLCVEF conducted a civic engagement campaign in which we knocked on 2,620 doors, spoke with 991 people, identified 782 supporters and collected 734 signatures in support of this effort.

Since this campaign, we have continued our work on the green preservation of affordable housing with a policy forum at NYU’s Wagner School in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners. Read more about this program here.

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