Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems

Pacific Northwest governments, utilities and community organizations seek Enhabit’s nimble, responsive approach to address the complex challenges facing forward-thinking communities. Enhabit’s programs address a powerful leverage point — the home. The results advance multiple public policy goals for local governments, and measurable community benefits for all citizens.

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Making homes work better for people and communities

Leveraging our expertise in energy, climate, health and neighborhood stability strategies, Enhabit creates nimble, custom implementation programs for local governments, tailored to the unique needs of each community. A non-profit with deep experience implementing programs in the Pacific Northwest, Enhabit is adept at creating jobs among minority and women owned businesses, and building inclusive programs that both engage and benefit diverse communities.

Through these efforts, Enhabit’s programs have improved the homes of more than 6,000 families in the region. As a non-profit born of partnerships, we’ve delivered results through dozens of custom programs in communities from Portland to Ashland to Seattle.

The Enhabit Promise

Our Public-Private Partnerships Deliver Results

  • Innovative programs designed to overcome market barriers.
  • Efficient service delivery coordinated with utilities, municipalities, trade allies and community partners.
  • Technical expertise in building science, contractor quality management, workforce equity and training.
  • Advisory services for homeowners, ensuring satisfaction and solutions to match each family’s unique needs.
  • Easy-to-access financing for residents to implement solar, make energy efficiency upgrades, seismic retrofits, radon mitigation, and other measures aimed at improving homes.

Climate & Energy

The residential sector represents 22% of energy consumption nationwide – one of the largest opportunities to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. The average Enhabit home efficiency upgrade reduces household energy waste by 30%.

See also:
Project: Community Power Works
Project: Clean Energy Works

Community Resilience

Preparation for major seismic events in the Pacific Northwest has been inadequate, with older housing particularly vulnerable. Residential seismic retrofits cost a tiny fraction of would-be repair or replacement costs, and may prevent injury, temporary displacement, and even long-term population loss. Enhabit delivers a streamlined, cost-effective “prescriptive path” retrofit process.

See also:
Project: Seismic Initiative

Healthy Homes

People spend more than 68% of their time inside homes. Allergens, indoor pollutants, radon, mold and mildew (as a result of trapped moisture) are significant causes of respiratory illness. Enhabit services reduce moisture and exposure to indoor pollutants, while in many cases increasing the durability of the home’s structure.

See also:
Project: Clean Energy Works
Project: Cully Weatherization 2.0
Study Links Efficiency to Health

Housing Stability

Enhabit works with a network of diverse public-private partners to deliver home repair and low-to no-cost efficiency upgrades alongside innovative housing affordability solutions.  Our collaborative efforts help prevent involuntary displacement of low-income citizens.

See also:
Flood Insurance Savings Program
A Place for You
Cully Weatherization 2.0

Partner Action

Pacific Northwest governments, utilities and community organizations seek Enhabit’s nimble, responsive approach to address the complex challenges facing forward-thinking communities. With a focus on energy, climate, health and neighborhood stability, Enhabit’s programs address a powerful leverage point — the home. The results advance multiple public policy goals for local governments, and measurable community benefits for all citizens.

 

Everything We Do is Backed by Our Mission

Enhabit is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Our mission is to create social impact through better living spaces. We transform the everyday with hands-on human work. We advise and create solutions for homeowners, utilities, and local governments to create efficient, healthy, and safe living spaces. These efforts, in turn, create strong, thriving, and equitable communities.

We’re here to make a difference in the lives around us. Let us help you make a difference in yours.

25,000 Homeowners Helped Since 2009

ENERGY

We help communities minimize wasted energy and costs.


10 high-performing homes means another 3 houses can be powered from the savings gained.

ENERGY

We help communities minimize wasted energy and costs.


10 high-performing homes means another 3 houses can be powered from the savings gained.

EQUITY

We provide jobs and training for women, people of color and veterans, which in turn promotes equity and increased access to opportunity.


55% of hours are worked by women and people of color.

One of the things I’ve always appreciated about the organization is the innovation and willingness to try different things.

Jonathan Cohen, U.S. Department of Energy

Our partnership with Enhabit is an important next step in the evolution of Ashland’s energy efficiency services for our utility customers.

Adam Hanks City of Ashland Management Analyst

Enhabit has a creative interest in new program ideas – approaches beyond what traditional utilities have offered, and an entrepreneurial spirit in outreach, with a focus on a single family whole home approach. The organization’s strength lies in pulling together various resources that are better coordinated than from individual utility approaches.

Andrew Gibb, Seattle City Light

One of Enhabit’s key strengths is the wrap-around services they provide to help homeowners move through a process of home energy upgrades and other improvements like seismic retrofits or radon testing.

Christie Baumel, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Environment

Case Studies

Trade Ally Network Development

Enhabit designed an innovative framework when implementing workforce development policies – a ‘High Road’ approach focused on quality training, as well as equitable access and opportunities to good jobs with family-supporting wages and benefits.

Clean Energy Works

Clean Energy Works (CEW) launched as a City of Portland pilot program with a diverse group of community partners—advancing deep home energy retrofits as a pathway for job creation and dramatic energy savings for homeowners.

Community Power Works

Enhabit formed a new partnership with the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) and municipal utility Seattle City Light to manage the city’s energy efficiency upgrade program, delivering comprehensive energy retrofits.

Seismic Initiative

The City of Portland, Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and FEMA drafted Enhabit to design a pilot project to seismically retrofit several dozen homes – leveraging the customer engagement and contractor infrastructure.

Cully Weatherization 2.0

In 2014, Enhabit joined a diverse group of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and minority and women-owned contractors to provide home repair and no-to-low-cost energy efficiency upgrades to 100 low income homeowners.