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Landlord Provided Cooling Space Initiative

Funding and Resources for Multifamily Properties


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Following the deadly heat wave of 2021, the state of Oregon passed legislation to reduce the risk of more heat-related deaths. This legislation kicked off a statewide effort to provide support for cooling resources. On this page we’ll cover resources available for multifamily property owners and managers to provide on- or off-site cooling spaces for vulnerable residents, including seniors and people with low incomes especially those who may not have access to in-unit cooling.

Cooling spaces are:

  • Provided and operated by the landlord
  • Located in an on-site common area or in a nearby location
  • Maintained at a temperature of 80°F or lower
  • Able to accommodate at least five (5) residents.

As part of this legislation Energy Trust of Oregon is offering financial support for the purchase of portable or installed cooling equipment to be installed in landlord-provided cooling spaces at qualifying multifamily properties and manufactured home parks. Owners and property managers of multifamily housing properties and manufactured home parks may apply for these rebates. You can sign up to learn more information about these rebates as they become available here.

Although this program focuses on common area cooling only, other organizations will be offering support for in-unit cooling. We will list those organizations here as they become available:


Program Goals

The goal of the Landlord Provided Cooling Space initiative is to support landlords in creating common area cooling spaces for multifamily buildings and manufactured home parks – especially those that do not have in-unit cooling. The initiative aims to prevent deaths from heat exposure, especially for vulnerable people living in low-income multifamily communities.

This initiative will support the renovation of existing common areas within multifamily housing properties or manufactured home parks by providing rebates that support the creation of cooling spaces. If there is no common space available this initiative can also support the creation of cooling spaces that are on or near the premises for use by property residents. The cooling space must be able to serve at five (5) or more residents and maintain a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

The initiative has an emphasis on serving the following populations:

  • Seniors
  • People with disabilities
  • People who are medically vulnerable,
  • BIPOC communities

Equipment Rebates

Rebates will be available by July 2022 to support the purchase of portable or installed cooling equipment for landlord-provided cooling spaces. If you would like Energy Trust to contact you about these equipment rebates when they are available, please provide your contact information here.

Who can receive rebates?

Owners and/or property managers of multifamily housing properties and manufactured home parks anywhere in Oregon are eligible to receive rebates to cover costs of setting up a landlord provided cooling space on or near their property.
To receive funding from this initiative, cooling spaces must be created in common areas within a multifamily building or manufactured home park. If a property does not have a suitable common area that can accommodate at least five people, a landlord may receive a rebate from this initiative to create and operate an off-site cooling space that their tenants can use during extreme heat events.

The following contractors can install cooling equipment in multifamily properties.

Energy Trust Find a Contractor Tool »

Trade Ally Network NW » (list of trade allies affiliated with non-Energy Trust utilities)

Oregon Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association (ORPHCC)

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If you would like Energy Trust to contact you with more information about these equipment rebates when they are available, please provide your contact information here.


FAQ

What’s a landlord provided cooling space? 

A cooling space is a room that is accessible to a building’s tenants, is cooled to 80°F or lower and can accommodate five (5) or more people. Cooling spaces are provided and operated by the landlord, and may be located in an on-site common area or in a common area at a nearby, off-site location that can accommodate at least five (5) residents.

If your property doesn’t have a common area that could be upgraded to be a cooling space, you could collaborate with a neighboring location (church, for example) and apply for funding to install cooling equipment there.

Is there assistance for residents or landlords to install in-unit cooling?  

The Landlord Provided Cooling Space initiative only provides funding for common area cooling, not in-unit cooling. There are other organizations that may have funding available for in-unit cooling equipment.

Portland Clean Energy Fund (City of Portland only) 

Is this funding available for property managers of multifamily units that are not serving low-income or vulnerable populations? 

The Landlord Provided Cooling Spaces initiative can serve any multifamily property; however, the goal is to create common area cooling spaces in buildings that do not have in-unit cooling, with an emphasis on creating accessible cooling spaces for low-income residents residing in environmental justice communities.

Do you need to be served by one of Energy Trust’s partner utilities (PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista) to apply for and receive funding through the Landlord Provided Cooling Space initiative?

No, this initiative is available to any multifamily property or manufactured home park in Oregon with a focus on properties where residents lack in-unit cooling.