San Antonio Housing Authority


Challenge Commitment
1.5Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity

San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) is one of the 15 largest public housing authorities in the U.S., and provides housing for nearly 27,000 of San Antonio’s poorest and most vulnerable families through three housing programs – public housing, Section 8, and non-profit/tax credit partnership housing developments. SAHA owns and manages approximately 6,300 public housing units, provides Section 8 vouchers to over 13,400 families, and serves an additional 6,800 families through its non-profit/tax credit partnerships portfolio. SAHA employs approximately 540 people, has an annual operating budget of approximately $170 million. It operates under the leadership of Lourdes Castro Ramírez, its President and CEO.

SAHA is committed to being a sustainable housing authority in both name and practice. The current SAHA leadership has championed a sustainable “cultural” change within its own housing authority and throughout the city of San Antonio. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as 1 of only 17 housing authorities receiving HUD’s Sustainable Organizational Accreditation distinction. SAHA implemented its Affordable Housing Preservation and Expansion Policy, which outlines specific energy efficient goals for new development and retrofit initiatives. As a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge, SAHA will focus its efforts to reduce energy intensity at approximately 10 public housing communities by 20% by the year 2023. These efforts will be carried out via upgrades, retrofits, and/or redevelopment. In addition, SAHA will look to identify and implement any and all energy conservation measures as a normal part of daily operations wherever possible.