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List Identifies Disadvantaged Communities

January 23, 2015
CalEPA has produced a list of “disadvantaged communities” based upon the tool known as CalEnviroScreen.
 
Under the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, disadvantaged communities will receive at least 50 percent of the $120 million in Cap-and-Trade funds available for 2015 (see CA Cities Advocate story titled “Registration opens for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Workshops”).
 
AHSC has expanded the eligibility for disadvantaged communities to census tracts with a pollution burden and population score that places them in the 25th percentile of highest scores (meaning highest exposure). 
 
This spreadsheet identifies the census tract, the overall CalEnviroScreen score, the CalEnviroScreen percentile, the pollution burden, population characteristics, total population, the county, zip code and nearest city. 
 
All census tracts on this list are areas are eligible to apply for AHSC funding as a disadvantaged community.
 
More information about disadvantaged communities, including interactive maps is available online.
 
State environmental officials released CalEnviroScreen 2.0 in 2014. It scores each of California’s 8,000 census tracts based on 12 types of pollution and seven population and socioeconomic characteristics.
 
SB 535 (De León) requires that 25 percent of all cap-and-trade revenue is spent projects that benefit disadvantaged communities and 10 percent is spent on projects within disadvantaged communities.


 
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