Preservation of Affordable Housing

Preservation of Affordable Housing

Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is a national nonprofit housing developer and owner devoted to the preservation and long-term stewardship of at-risk affordable housing. POAH’s portfolio includes nearly 8,500 apartments in more than 70 developments nationwide. POAH is recognized for its ability to develop innovative financing structures that preserve long-term housing affordability for low- and moderate-income individuals and families that have been priced out of the housing market.

POAH recognizes energy conservation as a key element of responsible property ownership. By participating in the Better Buildings Challenge, they have collaborated with industry partners and expanded both the scope and scale of their conservation efforts. The Better Buildings Challenge builds upon POAH’s existing commitment under the Big Reach, an initiative by the members of the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). SAHF’s eleven members, representing nearly 100,000 units, each committed to reducing portfolio wide energy consumption 20% by 2020, using a 2010 baseline. POAH continues to target energy and water conservation opportunities, both in property acquisitions and in its existing portfolio, and integrate conservation into its standard operating procedures at the property level by expanding green training for site staff. POAH also targeted resident education as a means to reduce building energy consumption and resident utility bills. POAH became a Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achiever in 2020. 

Challenge Commitment
7.9Million Square Feet
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Progress
Goal Achieved20%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
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