Mercy Housing, a national affordable housing non-profit, is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and has a presence in 41 states. Mercy Housing is part of a movement to change the face of affordable housing in the United States, and believes that affordable housing and supportive programs improve the economic status of residents, transform neighborhoods, and stabilize lives. It has served more than 151,000 people, and has participated in the development, financing, or operation of more than 45,000 homes in its 32-year history. Mercy Housing proudly serves families, seniors, and people with special needs.
The Better Buildings Challenge builds upon Mercy Housing’s existing commitment under the Big Reach, an initiative by the members of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). SAHF’s 11 members, representing nearly 100,000 units, are each committing to reducing portfolio wide energy consumption 20% by 2020, using a 2010 baseline. The initiative focuses on integrating energy efficiency into all aspects of members’ affordable housing development and operations. Mercy Housing will use several energy savings pathways—improved operations and maintenance, resident engagement, appliance and equipment upgrades, multiple approaches to whole building retrofits, and use of renewable energy—to meet its commitment under the Better Buildings Challenge.