Commonwealth/Worcester Green Low-Income Housing Coalition/Worcester Common Ground

At A Glance

Contact: 

David McMahon

Location: 

Worcester, Massachusetts

Primary Issue Area:

  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Environmental Health

Active since:

2014

Grants Received In:

  • 2020
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2014

Tax Status:

Ad-hoc

Core volunteers:

8

Community Size:

182,669

Our Purpose

Commonwealth/Worcester Green Low-Income Housing Coalition aims to introduce changes and best practices into the fabric of housing and other opportunities for homeless people. Currently, C/WGLIHC is working on multiple advocacy efforts for 100% Renewables, efficiency in low-income housing, and advocacy partnerships to work for a renewable future., Our “Green Homes for the Homeless” campaign to ensure the antiquated shelter and housing stock in greater Worcester, metrowest and beyond takes advantage of multiple efficiency and energy programs, alleviating the stress on housing and program dollars, while also reducing the carbon footprint of the social service housing stock.

Summary of Projects

This group received a Seed grant in 2020 as part of our rapid response release of funds to support community groups respond to the COVID19 outbreak.

This group received a Grow grant in Spring 2020 to expand their water conservation pilot for low-income agencies/households in Worcester and Westborough, MA.

This group received a 2019 grow grant to support CGLIHC's work connecting low-income housing with clean energy opportunities. Additionally, they hope to connect success stories with mobilization for better clean energy opportunities through our partnership, leaders, and stories of how lower carbon lowers operating cost.

This group received a 2018 Grow grant to help fund Program Coordinator stipends. Program Coordinators handle all aspects of energy assessment, evaluation, and energy work with low-income agencies. This fund enables coordinators to continue outreach to agencies identified as collaborators who could benefit from linkages and support we provide. Additionally, it will help coordinators complete local outreach and evaluation of impact of our energy work.

Funding will cover program coordinator which will enable the group to increase outreach. Program coordinators will educate community organizations about the benefits of the Low Income Housing Energy Initiative.

In 2015 the Worcester Homeless Action Committee received a grow grant for the coordination of their programs to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to low-income housing and shelters in Worcester. The coordinator will ensure participation of a large group of low-income initiative members and their allies, as well as leadership development and advocacy measures such as oil heat, wider eligibility rules, and low-income housing energy discount. The coordinator will also work directly to bring on new partners and expand the building stock affected.