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Healthy and Resilient Homes

Healthy and Resilient Homes

MHET’s healthy and resilient homes program aims to partner with an academic institution, low-income homeowners, and local building contractors to improve the living conditions of households through remediation, energy efficiency, weatherization, and pre-electrification processes. 

The Problem

Many low-income households in the US struggle with inadequate living conditions, including poor air quality, high energy bills, and uncomfortable homes. These households often face challenges in accessing resources to improve their living conditions. This project aims to address these issues by partnering with academic institutions, local contractors, and low-income homeowners to improve their homes’ energy efficiency, weatherization, and pre-electrification.

Our Solution

Our proposed solution is to begin with a pilot project that can make an immediate difference in people’s lives, while collecting much-needed information to improve and standardize parts of the retrofit process. The project starts with a comprehensive audit of homes to measure energy efficiency, structural issues, deferred maintenance, air quality, solar potential, and other factors. After the audit, a number of viable homes will be selected for retrofitting. The retrofitting process will involve measures such as remediation, weatherization, energy efficiency, and pre-electrification (like electrical wiring upgrades) and be free to tenants through the pilot.

If you are interested in participating in this pilot, please reach out to the Project Manager, Elisabeth Balachova, at


The research project is expected to identify effective and affordable measures that can be used to improve low-income households’ living conditions. The project will provide valuable insights into the retrofitting process, including cost, time, displacement during construction, and incentives. The research project will also measure improvements in air quality, decreased energy bills, increased comfort, and knowledge among homeowners. These outcomes will help to inform policy decisions and guide future efforts to improve low-income households’ living conditions.

Long-Term Goal

After the pilot, we will expand the HRH pilot to be a citywide Healthy & Resilient Homes Program, which will provide project management support and financing for homeowners, landlords, renters, and small businesses to retrofit their buildings, making them more comfortable, healthier, and less costly to operate. As always, our program prioritizes disadvantaged communities and aims to provide access to healthy living conditions and affordable energy for all residents.

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