MPower makes energy and water efficiency accessible for multi-family affordable housing properties in Oregon with no upfront costs to the owners. MPower offers technical support and financing for a range of building upgrades. Building owners repay 75% of MPower’s investment through their utility bills, and the monthly fee is covered by what they save on energy. MPower is a partnership between Energy Trust of Oregon, Enterprise Community Partners, Green for All and Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, with $18.1 million in funding from US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Craft 3, Clean Energy Works Oregon and the MacArthur Foundation. The building upgrades are done by contractors who abide by MPower’s high road principles for local economic development, including paying family-supporting wages and providing career paths out of poverty. MPower’s first big project is the Henry Building, a 153-unit SRO property in downtown Portland that offers transitional housing to under-served populations.
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