Mayor Newsom, Local Leaders, and Ameresco, Inc. to Commemorate $12.5 Million Energy Infrastructure Project for the SFHA

San Francisco, CA –

WHAT: Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Housing Authority Executive Director Henry Alvarez III, and Ameresco, Inc., will break ground on a $12.5 million infrastructure improvement project at the Ping Yuen development in Chinatown on Friday, October 22nd. The project will bring a series of energy efficiency upgrades for the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) facilities, including new insulated windows and new state of the art heating appliances in all apartments including hot water piping replacements. Ameresco was chosen by the SFHA to manage the project, which will save the Authority over $60 million during the next 20 years. The funding was competitively awarded to San Francisco under President Barack Obama’s Stimulus program, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

WHO: Invited Guests Include:

Mayor Gavin Newsom
President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, David Chui
Reverend Brown, President of the SFHA Commission
William Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Ameresco, Inc.
Henry Alvarez III, Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing Authority
John Murray, representing Dianne Feinstein, D, California
Gordon Chin, Executive Director of Chinatown Community Development Center
Community Members
Chief Administrative Officer, Edwin Lee
Regional Administrator, HUD Region IX Ophelia Basgal
Captain Kevin Cashman, San Francisco Police Department
WHEN: Friday, October 22, 2010 11:00 am

WHERE: Ping Yuen Housing Development Building “A” Courtyard 711Pacific Avenue (cross-street Stockton) San Francisco, California

Note: Parking is located directly in front of the gate in a reserved, blocked-off area beginning at Stockton on the metered side of the street)

About the San Francisco Housing Authority

“The mission of the San Francisco Housing Authority is to provide safe, sanitary, affordable, and decent housing to very low-income families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.”

The United States Congress passed the U.S. Housing Act to provide decent homes for low-income families in 1937, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors established the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) the following year. The SFHA is the oldest housing authority in California. Since its inception, the SFHA has grown to include 45 developments located throughout San Francisco’s neighborhoods. Today there are 6,371 units of public housing serving very low-income families, seniors, and disabled residents of San Francisco. In addition, the Section 8 program oversees approximately 7,000 with an additional 3,000 served through other federally funded programs.

Housing Authorities are unique entities established by a combination of federal, state and local actions. Today there are approximately 3200 local housing authorities across the nation, and the San Francisco Housing Authority is the 17th largest.

About Ameresco, Inc.
Ameresco, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in April 2000 and is a leading independent provider of comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America. Ameresco’s solutions include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure, and the development, construction, and operation of renewable energy plants. With corporate headquarters located in Framingham, MA, Ameresco has 55 offices in 29 states and four Canadian provinces. For more information, visit

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Ameresco: CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264, [email protected]