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Improving household stability. Reducing risk of displacement.

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Strategic Program 3: Clean Energy Improvements in Single-Family Homes moves forward
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Helping families stay in their homes

In Portland, 37% of homeowners and nearly half of all renters are housing-cost burdened. That means they spend more than 30% of their income on housing-related expenses. The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) proposed Strategic Program 3: Clean Energy Improvements in Single-Family Homes (SP 3) to help housing-cost-burdened Portlanders address energy efficiency in their homes and reduce costs. On May 22, 2024, City Council unanimously approved the program. 

This program will invest $140 million over five years in more than 3,000 single-family households to:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • decrease energy usage and utilities bills;
  • increase comfort, health, and resiliency; and
  • improve homeowner stability. 
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Program eligibility levels

With several program eligibility levels, SP 3 provides opportunities for more households to receive these much-needed energy retrofits. 

#  homes​

5-yr total​

Investment per home​

Eligible households​

Deep energy retrofits​

1,500​

Up to $50K​

Homeowners  ​

<80% AMI​

High-impact energy efficiency measures​

500​

Up to $15K​

Renters  ​

<80% AMI​

High-impact energy efficiency measures​

600​

Up to $30K​

Homeowners ​

81%-120% AMI​

High-impact energy efficiency measures​

500​

Up to $15K​

50% match required​

Homeowners 121%-150% AMI ​

Creating jobs. Building capacity.

In addition to reducing the risk of displacement of families, SP 3 will also provide opportunities in green jobs for those historically left behind. More than $3.5 million will be allocated to workforce and contractor development, training more than 350 workers and providing retention grants for up to 80 new workers and 50 contractors.

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Next steps

The program will solicit requests for proposals for three roles: Central Program Administrator, Customer Navigators, and Quality Assurance Providers. 

The Central Program Administrator, in close coordination with PCEF, will provide:

  • marketing and outreach;
  • data management and reporting;
  • customer application and qualification​;
  • program relationship management and conflict resolution​;
  • contractor recruitment, management, and support​; and
  • workforce on-the-job training and retention program​.

Customer Navigators will provide:

  • program navigation for households with up to 80% of area median income,
  • culturally specific customer engagement and support​​,
  • translation​s​, and
  • occupant education.​

Third-party Quality Assurance Providers will provide:

  • scope review​ and approval,​
  • site inspection and verification to ensure occupant safety and greenhouse gas emissions reduction​, and
  • contractor price monitoring​.

We’re just getting started 

With 16 strategic programs and more than $180 million in Community Responsive Grants in the Climate Investment Plan, we’re moving toward a more climate-resilient Portland. 

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