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Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities Grant Application Process Opens

Cities Must Act Quickly: Concept Applications due by Feb. 19

February 2, 2015
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in conjunction with the Strategic Growth Council (SCG), have opened the application process for the FY 2014-15 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program grants.
 
Up to $120 million in grants will be awarded this fiscal year. The application period is extremely compacted; cities will need to act quickly.

Application Process
 
Concept proposal application and instructions will be available on HCD’s website by close of business today, Monday, Feb 2. Concept proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 19.
 
Applications chosen will be notified by March 11. If your project is chosen, the deadline to submit the full application will be Apr. 15.
 
The AHSC program will provide grants and/or loans to projects intended to achieve greenhouse reductions by increasing accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers and key destinations via low-carbon transportation options like walking, biking and transit.
 
Half of the program’s funding must be used for affordable housing and half must benefit disadvantaged communities (see CA Cities Advocate story titled “List Identifies Disadvantaged Communities”).
 
Questions about the grants and the AHSC program can be directed to AHSC@hcd.ca.gov.
 
Grant Application Workshops
 
In the next two weeks, SGC will also be hosting a series of workshops throughout California for cities interested in applying for AHSC grant money.
 
Workshop locations and dates are as follows:
  • San Diego: Feb. 4
  • San Bernardino: Feb. 5
  • Los Angeles: Feb. 6
  • Bakersfield: Feb. 9
  • Stockton: Feb. 10
  • Oakland: Feb. 12
Registration for the workshops is available online. The League is also coordinating a webinar-based workshop with SGC. Details on the webinar will be available soon.
 
League Cap-and-Trade Resources
 
The League’s AHSC program information sheet can be found under the housing tab on the Cap-and-Trade hot issues webpage.
 
For transportation-related questions, please contact League Assistant Legislative Director Jennifer Whiting. For housing questions, please contact League Legislative Representative Kirstin Kolpitcke.


 
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