Let’s power up our communities together.

Power Forward Communities is a coalition of some of the country’s most trusted housing, climate, and community investment groups dedicated to decarbonizing and transforming American housing. We’re saving homeowners and renters money, reinvesting in communities, and tackling the climate crisis.

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Who we are

Power Forward Communities — led by Enterprise Community Partners, Rewiring America, Habitat for Humanity International, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and United Way Worldwide — will deploy a combination of lending and market transformation to create healthier, safer, more resilient, and more affordable communities.

Better, safer, cleaner homes

42 percent of energy emissions stemming from household decisions about the cars we drive and the appliances and energy source we choose for our home. Decarbonizing millions of homes will not only create safer, more affordable, healthier communities and more comfortable homes — it's also critical to meeting our climate goals as a country.

Powering for impact

We will make household decarbonization affordable, bringing down costs in the marketplace by spurring demand — focusing particularly on housing in low-income and disadvantaged communities — adding hundreds of thousands of good-paying local jobs, saving households on their monthly bills, and improving health outcomes. 

Our strategy is designed to ensure investment reaches the communities that need it most. We have committed to investing at least 75 percent of financial assistance in low-income and disadvantaged communities — nearly twice the EPA’s Justice 40 mandate.

So far, more than 300 organizations, including 150-plus communities across 46 states in every EPA region, are supporting our goal to decarbonize homes nationwide.

With 42 percent of energy emissions stemming from household decisions, there is no way to meet our national climate or equity goals without decarbonizing 124 million homes and apartments.

Focusing on housing in low-income and disadvantaged communities is a way to meet our goals and expand our impact, adding good-paying local jobs, saving on energy costs for households and improving health outcomes.

Decades of experience

Power Forward Communities will harness decades of experience and nationwide reach to deploy a unique combination of financing, market building, and community engagement strategies from big cities to small towns to rural and Tribal regions and everywhere in between. We are a coalition of trusted national organizations. Collectively, we bring:

Broad local reach
10,000+ local employees, thousands of local chapters and affiliates, and tens of thousands of partner organizations and local employers, operating across the entire country.

Deep financial expertise in affordable housing
$13B+ capital deployed through tax credits, debt and equity, including through AA- investment grade CDFI Lenders.

Unparalleled grant experience
$7B in federal grants deployed collectively across 4,000+ programs over the last 10 years.

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Our partners

Communities & Partners By State


ALABAMA • Birmingham, AL • ARIZONA • Gila River Indian Community • Phoenix, AZ • State of Arizona • Tempe, AZ • CALIFORNIA • California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency • Climate Resilient Communities • Half Moon Bay, CA • Healdsburg, CA • HIP Housing • Long Beach, CA • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power • Menlo Park, CA • Oakland, CA • San Diego, CA • San Francisco, CA • US Green Building Council - Los Angeles • COLORADO • Boulder County, CO • Colorado Clean Energy Fund (Green Bank) • Colorado Energy Office • Denver, CO • Edgewater, CO • Go Electric Colorado • CONNECTICUT • Connecticut Housing Finance • Authority • Hartford, CT • New Haven, CT • New London, CT • DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA • DC Green Bank • DC Housing Finance Authority • FLORIDA • Fort Lauderdale, FL • United Way of Collier and the Keys, FL • GEORGIA • Atlanta, GA • Columbus, GA • De Soto, GA • East Point, GA • Oxford, GA • Savannah, GA • ILLINOIS • Chicago, IL • Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) • People for Community Recovery • Peoria, IL • INDIANA • Bloomington, IN • Indianapolis, IN • Indiana Energy Independence Fund (Green Bank) • South Bend, IN • IOWA • Des Moines, IA • Impact Community Action • KANSAS • Overland Park, KS • LOUISIANA • Finance New Orleans (Green Bank)  • New Orleans, LA • Louisiana PSC • MAINE • Efficiency Maine (Green Bank) • MARYLAND • Civic Works Baltimore • Howard County, MD • Maryland Clean Energy Center (Green Bank) • Maryland Energy Administration • Mount Rainier, MD • Purple Line Corridor Coalition • MASSACHUSETTS • Boston Housing Authority • Cambridge, MA • MassEnergize • MassHousing • Melrose, MA • Salem, MA • MICHIGAN • Ann Arbor, MI • Detroit, MI • Flint, MI • Green Door Initiative • Kalamazoo, MI • Kalamazoo County, MI • Michigan State Housing Development Authority • SER - Detroit • State of Michigan, Governor's Office • MINNESOTA • Duluth, MN• Eden Prairie, MN • Minneapolis, MN • Minnesota Commerce Department (Green Bank) • Minnesota Housing (MN Hsg) • St. Louis Park, MN • St. Paul, MN • MISSOURI • Kansas City, MO • Kansas City - Building Energy Exchange • St. Louis County • NEVADA • Nevada Clean Energy Fund (Green Bank) NEW JERSEY • Newark, NJ • New Jersey Economic Development Authority (Green Bank) NEW MEXICO • Las Cruces, NM • New Mexico Climate Investment Center (Green Bank) • Renewable Taos NEW YORK • Beacon, NY • Buffalo, NY • Chatham, NY • Elmira, NY • Kingston, NY • New York, NY • New York Green Bank • New York State Homes and Community Renewal • NYCEEC (Green Bank) • Newburgh, NY • Poughkeepsie, NY • Rhinebeck, NY • Syracuse, NY NORTH CAROLINA • Charlotte, NC • North Carolina Clean Energy Fund • Raleigh, NC OHIO • Cincinnati, OH • City of Dayton and Dayton Energy Collaborative • Cleveland, OH • Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority • Lucas County, OH • Toledo, OH OKLAHOMA • Tulsa, OK OREGON • Milwaukie, OR• State of Oregon, Department of Energy • PENNSYLVANIA • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency • Philadelphia, PA • Pittsburgh, PA • West Norriton Township, PA RHODE ISLAND • Providence, RI • Rhode Island Housing • Rhode Island - Infrastructure Bank • State of Rhode Island, Office of Energy Resources SOUTH CAROLINA • Greenville Housing Fund • United Way of Greenville County TENNESSEE • Knoxville, TN • TEXAS • Arlington, TX • Dallas County, TX (Judge) • Dallas, TX • Fort Worth, TX • San Antonio, TX UTAH • Millcreek City, UT • Salt Lake City, UT • Salt Lake County, UT • SustainEnergyFund of Utah • South Salt Lake City, UT • Utah Housing Coalition VERMONT • Burlington, VT • Vermont Public Service Commission VIRGINIA • Alexandria, VA • Newport News, VA • Richmond, VA • Virginia Housing Finance Agency WASHINGTON • Kenmore, WA • King County, WA • Pierce County, WA • Resilient Methow • Rural People's Voice • Seattle, WA • Tacoma, WA • Washington State Housing Finance Commission • Wayne County, WA • Whatcom County, WA WISCONSIN • Milwaukee, WI • Milwaukee, WI (County Executive) • Milwaukee County, WI Board of Supervisors) • Racine County, WI WYOMING • Community Action of Laramie County, WY • My Front Door Cheyenne

Additional State, Tribal, and Community Partners


Coalition of Large Tribes (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming) • Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin) • National Black Caucus of State LegislatorsNational Caucus of Native American Legislators (Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota) • Southern Economic Advancement Project (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia)

National Partners


Building Electrification Institute • Climate United • Justice Climate Fund • Community Infrastructure Center • Dream.org • Ecority • Fair Count • Groundswell • National Black Caucus of State Legislators • National League of Cities • National Urban League • Navajo United Way • Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future • SEAP (200+ South Strong partners) • Solar United Neighbors • Southface • Southwest Economic Solutions • Undaunted K12

Community Development Financial Institutions & Foundations


Capital Good Fund • Central Valley Community Foundation • Cleveland Foundation • Community Foundation Climate Collaborative • Craft3 • Equitable Facilities Fund • Families and Workers Fund • Genesis LA • Groundswell Capital • GoATL • Hope Credit Union Enterprise Corporation • HPN • Inclusiv • Invest Atlanta • LIIF • New Hope Community Capital / TCB • Nonprofit Finance Fund • Opportunity Finance Network • RCAC • Rhode Island Foundation

Developers


Aclaria Partners • Aeon • AFL-CIO-HIT • Alpha Sharp Development Partners • APAH • April Housing • Archway Communities • Arrow Street Development • Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. • Atlanta Land Trust, Inc. • Banneker Ventures, LLC • BDP Impact Real Estate • Black & White Investments • Bridge Housing • Brisa Builders Development LLC • CAMBA, Inc. • Camber • Civic Builders • Columbia Ventures • Communities First, Inc. Household • Community Housing Works • CRP Affordable Housing & Community Development • CSI Support & Development Services • Dabar Development Partners, LLC • Dallas City Homes • East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation • Enterprise Community Partners • Exodus Development • Good Leap • Gorman & Company, LLC • Gragg Cardona Partners LLC • Green Coast Enterprises • Green Coast Enterprises • Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center LDC • Gulf Coast Housing Partnership • HRI Communities • Jonathan Rose Companies • LandSpire Group • Laurel Street Residential • Lemle & Wolff, Inc. • Manna • McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. • Mercy Housing • MidPen Housing • Neighborhood Development Company • New Orleans Restoration Properties, Inc • Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures, LLC • NYCHA • O-SDA Industries • Petra • Red Gate Properties • RJ Development + Advisors • Roofstock • Seattle YMCA • Seawall Development Company, LLC • Second Chance Center, Inc. • SGA • SGI ventures • Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation • Southeast Effective Development • St. Nicks Alliance • Standard Real Estate Investments • The Fortune Society, Inc. • The Model Group, Inc. • Urban Campus and Core • Victory Housing • Wishcamper Development Partners LLC

Corporate


Abode • Airbnb • Arbol • Arcadia • Carrier • Channing Street Copper Co. • Eaton • Elevate • Heatspring • Kenmore • Lyft • Mitsubishi Electric • Pinterest • Posigen • Propel • Qmerit • Redfin • Schneider Electric • Sealed • Solar Mosaic LLC • Span • Sunrun • Uber • Uplight • Utility API • York International

Media and Brand Awareness


Ad Council • Scott Brothers Global • WorkMoney

Labor Unions


American Federation of Teachers • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades • SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers

Utilities


Con Edison • Duquesne Light Company and Allegheny Conference • Southern California Edison

Want to power forward with us?

We’re always looking for new partners including community-based organizations, developers, corporations, community development financial institutions and foundations, labor unions, and utilities.

For media inquiries, please contact media@powerforwardcommunities.org

Power Forward Communities shall not, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, exclude any individual from participation in, deny the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Power Forward Communities’ designated civil rights officer is our Chief Legal Officer who can be contacted at CLO@powerforwardcommunities.org.