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U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service Helps rural communities and individuals by providing loans and grants for housing and community facilities.

U.S. Department of Energy

Building America Works with members of the home-building industry to produce quality homes that use less energy without costing more to build.

Building Technologies Program Provides energy solutions for residential and commercial buildings including a toolbox with planning, finance, design, construction and renovation resources.

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has guidelines for energy efficient rehabilitation and for repair of historic windows.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) The EERE mission is to strengthen America's energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships.

Rebuild America Improves the quality of life in communities through energy efficiency solutions.

Weatherization Assistance Program Reduces energy costs for low-income Americans by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while safeguarding their health and safety.

Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center Provides information related to the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), its on-going operations, and its partnerships with stakeholders.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD USER The primary source for Federal Government reports and information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and other housing-related topics.

Office of Community Planning and Development Seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. Grant programs include Community Development Block Grant, HOME, Community Renewal, and Brownfields Redevelopment, among others. CPD's Energy site provides information on HUD energy policies and resources.

Office of Public and Indian Housing Ensures safe, decent, and affordable housing, creates opportunities for residents' self-sufficiency and economic independence, and assures the fiscal integrity of all program participants. Programs include HOPE VI, Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8), Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency, and many others. Check out the Public Housing Energy Conservation Clearinghouse for information about utility allowances, incentives to implement energy efficiency measures, success stories, training, and more.

PATH The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is a public-private initiative dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America's housing.

Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse Supports the collection and dissemination of resources that can help identify and address regulatory barriers in your home state and community.

ENERGY STAR Jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The program includes new homes, buildings, residential heating and cooling equipment, major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Green Communities Assistance Kit Step-by-step guide for planning and implementing sustainable actions.

Office of Air and Radiation Provides information about air pollution, clean air, air quality (indoor and outdoor) and radiation.

Federal Emergency Management Agency's Mitigation Division Manages the National Flood Insurance Program and oversees FEMA's mitigation programs.

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