Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Multifamily Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability (MEEHA) program promotes energy efficiency and housing affordability in the State’s multifamily rental housing developments.​ MEEHA currently houses three programs: EmPOWER, Washington Gas Light (WGL), and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction program (GHGRP). Each program has specific affordability and funding requirements as stated in the table below.

​​​​​​​​Affordability Requirements​
A minimum of 20% of households must be 80% AMI or lessA minimum of 20% of households must be 80% AMI or less​​​A minimum of 51% of households must be 80% AMI or less
Building EligibilityAll sizes and configurations including: Single family units as a group project, Individually metered units, Master metered buildings4+ units, individually metered for gas​​Existing buildings with 35,000 gross sf of floor area or more, excluding parking garages.
​Service TerritoryElectric and Gas Utility Territory: Baltimore Gas and Electric, Delmarva, PEPCO, Potomac Edison, SMECOWashington Gas Utility TerritoryState of Maryland
Use of FundsReduce electric consumption, ​limited health and safety or incidental repairs in projects completing energy efficiency measures. Gas reducing measures are allowed if the customer is in the BGE utility territory.Reduce gas consumption in the Washington Gas utility territory.Reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions through replacing fossil fuel equipment with electric equipment. Building energy conservation and alternative energy generating systems.
​Funding Allocation$25.5M for CY 2021 - 2023$6.4M for CY 2021 - 2023​​​​​$3.75M FY23, $5M each fiscal year FY 24-26

Application Process​

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis and evaluated based on readiness to proceed, energy efficiency, and reduction of greenhouse gasses. ​The application process starts by submitting an applicati​on​​ and the associated application documents. Projects applying for other DHCD funding need only to provide a copy of their 202 or other DHCD application. Projects applying only for MEEHA funding must submit a MEEHA Application and application documents. Either application is accepted for all MEEHA programs. ​The application will be reviewed by a program team member who will contact the applicant to discuss the next steps in the funding process.

Application Documents

Projects requesting MEEHA funding only must submit supporting documentation to the Department as outlined on the application. The following is the list of documents required to be submitted prior to funding:

Required Documents for Commitment

  1. Application
  2. Commercial Utility Bill (Electric and Gas if Applicable)
  3. Customer Consent to Obtain Energy Use Information Form (Commercial Electric and Gas Accounts)
  4. Grantee Signature Block
  5. Project Legal Description - attached as an exhi​bit to the property deed
  6. SDAT Property Ownership Check
  7. SDAT Status Check (Owner)
  8. SDAT Status Check​ (Grantee – if different from owner)
  9. Minority Business Enterprise Form
  10. ACH Direct Deposit Form​ - must be submitted to the Comptroller of Maryland​
  11. Proof of Affordability (Regulatory Agreement or Tax Covenant)
    • A rent roll can satisfy this requirement for GHGRP projects.
    • Minimum requirements for existing Regulatory Agreements or Tax Covenants a​re:
      • 20% of units must be at or below 80% AMI for EmPOWER funds.
      • 51% of units must be at or below 80% AMI for GHGRP funds.
      • Must be in place for a minimum of five (5) years.
    • If a Regulatory Agreement or Tax Covenant does not currently exist, DHCD will create a regulatory agreement that will be recorded for projects that are awarded program funds.
  12. W-9 Form (for the Grantee)

After the application has been submitted, reviewed, and accepted the applicant will be advised on the type of funding request to submit in order to receive funding. There are two types of funding request forms; Rehabilitation ​Funding Request or new construction/gut rehabilitation Prescriptive List Funding Request.

Rehabilitation Funding Request

A Rehabilitation Funding Request requires an energy audit to be completed on the project by a Qualified Energy Auditor​. The energy audit consists of an on-site evaluation to collect information about the existing conditions of the project. The Qualified Auditor enters information collected during the on-site evaluation into building simulation modeling software to estimate energy savings. This analysis is used to determine which energy efficiency measures should be recommended and to create an Energy Audit Report and a Rehabilitation Funding Request​. The Rehabilitation Funding Request is the formal request to DHCD for funding and must be submitted in addition to the energy audit report. Projects ​may include up to $5,000 of funds in the funding request for the energy audit.

Prescriptive List Funding Request

New construction or gut rehabilitation projects may be recommended to submit a Prescriptive List Funding Request. A Qualified Energy Auditor does not have to be commissioned for this process. Instead, the Owner or Developer will need to enter measures that will be completed during construction into the Prescriptive List Funding Request.

Disbursement of Funds

Funds are disbursed during the course of construction as work is completed. Requisitions are completed on a MEEHA requisition form and require supporting documentation verifying the installation and specifications of funded energy efficiency measures. Requisitions are submitted to DHCD and a sample of the requisitioned items are inspected. DHCD will process the approved requisition for payment. *Note: Payments typically take 3-6 weeks to process. Filing a completed ACH Direct Deposit Form with Maryland’s Comptroller’s Office may reduce this time period.

Qualified Project Managers

Owners of projects seeking only energy funds from the Department​ may elect to commission a Qualified Project Manager. A Qualified Project Manager assists with the submission of required documents, energy audit coordination, finding and managing contractors, construction schedules, creating and submitting requisitions, and assists with inspections required by the Program. *Note: A Project Manager is not required for a project to receive funding but may help speed up the process and alleviate some actions or effort required by the owner. If a Qualified Project Manager is utilized, the project is eligible to receive up to $4,500 to fund the cost.

To become a Qualified Project Manager, the applicant must submit a signed Project Manager Qualification Form and a Qualified Project Manager Affidavit. The Project Manager Qualification Form states the requirements of the Project Manager and the Qualified Project Manager Affidavit states the Project Manager has experience managing at least three (3) multifamily energy efficiency projects.

Qualified Energy Auditors

To become a Qualified Energy Auditor, the applicant must hold a current Building Performance Institute Multifamily Building Analyst Certification, and one other current building science certification, as well as demonstrate their experience completing energy audits on multifamily residential buildings by submitting copies of 3 energy audit reports they have previously completed.

To establish best practices and guidance for conducting the energy audit, the Department has adopted the use of the Department’s MEEHA ​Program Guide and Building Performance Institute’s Technical Standards for the Multifamily Building Analyst Professional.

Helpful Information and Other Resources

Contact Information​

Housing and Building Energy Programs
Community Development Administration
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706

MEEHA - EmPOWER and Washington Gas

Preston Thomas
Energy Program Manager
Housing and Building Energy Program
Maryland ​Department of Housing and Community Development
P: 301-429-7784


Scott Falvey
Senior Energy Program Manager
Housing and Building Energy Programs
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
P: 301-429-7739
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