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Registration Opens for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Workshops

January 23, 2015
The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has opened registration for six workshops for cities interested in competing for $120 million in Cap-and-Trade funding through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program.
 
The workshops are planned for Feb. 4-11 in San Diego, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Stockton and Oakland. While dates and times have been set, locations are still being finalized.
 
Interested cities must work quickly on their proposals: Concept proposals are due Feb. 19, less than a month after the planned Jan. 30 release of the notice of available funding.
 
SGC voted to approve final program guidelines on Tuesday.
 
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”).
 
The League’s AHSC program information sheet can be found on the housing tab on 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.
 
The SGC has also opened the grant application period for the Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation (SALC) program, a spin-off of the AHSC program that will receive up to $5 million in FY 2014-15 funding.
 
Pre-proposal summaries for conservation easement grants are due Feb. 6. Applications for agricultural land strategy plan grants are due on March 20.
 
The land-conservation program will provide grants and/or loans to projects that will achieve greenhouse gas reductions by protecting agricultural lands through investments in strategic planning and agricultural easements.
 
The League’s SALC program information sheet can be found under the natural resources tab on Cap-and-Trade hot issues webpage.


 
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