Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program

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  • How much money is being invested? $130 million* in fiscal year 2014-15; 20% of California Climate Investments Program funds continuously appropriated annually thereafter (*Allocation is for both Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Agriculture Land Conservation programs)
  • What are the conditions? 50% of funds must be spent on housing affordable to low- and extremely low-income households
  • Who is in charge? The Strategic Growth Council

In 2014, state leaders established the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. AHSC will fund innovative housing, land use, and transportation projects to reduce greenhouse gases and help cities and regions become cleaner, healthier, and more affordable.  The AHSC program will provide a critical new source of funding to ensure that regions can meet their greenhouse gas targets called for under SB 375.

The AHSC and Sustainable Agriculture Land Conservation (SALC) programs together will receive $130 million in fiscal year 2014-15, and 20% of the California Climate Investments Program (CCIP, formerly the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund or GGRF) proceeds in future years. The CCIP is expected to increase, with up to $5 billion in annual available funding by 2019.

The program is managed by California’s Strategic Growth Council, a council of six California State agency secretaries, the director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and three public members – one each appointed by the Governor, Assembly, and State Senate.

State law requires that at least 50% of this money be spent for affordable housing, with the rest funding a broad range of integrated strategies to reduce greenhouse gases, including land conservation to support infill development, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects, non-infrastructure projects and programs that encourage active transportation, and projects and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing vehicle miles traveled.  

To meet SB 535’s requirements, the Legislature directed at least 50% of these funds to benefit disadvantaged communities. The state is using CalEPA’s CalEnviroscreen for identifying disadvantaged communities.

Awards for fiscal year 2014-15 totaling $122 million were announced on June 30, 2015. These awards do not include SALC grants, which will be announced separately.

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