The Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Utica, NY


Challenge Commitment
967Thousand Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity38%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

The mission of the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Utica, New York (UMHA) is to be a regional leader in the housing industry by providing safe, clean and affordable housing opportunities to low income persons while promoting self-sufficiency, upward mobility, and customer satisfaction. Established in 1937, UMHA is a municipal corporation which owns and manages a total of 878 Low Income Public Housing Units, 93 Project-Based Section 8 Units, and 36 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit apartment units for a total of 1007 units. In addition, the housing authority operates a Tenant-Based Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program with a total of 175 vouchers.

In August 2008 the Utica Municipal Housing Authority (UMHA) received HUD approval to implement a 9.3 million dollar self-managed Energy Performance Contract (EPC) to complete energy saving retrofits across its portfolio. Completed in 2010, the EPC achieved annual energy savings of 37% and has consistently demonstrated a positive cash flow for the authority after its debt service. UMHA will achieve the goals of the Better Building Challenge through a Phase II EPC targeting all of its Federalized Public Housing properties. Capital improvements and energy conservation measures will be selected that increase the energy efficiency of our facilities and further reduce their energy bills.