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Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Grants to be Awarded

Workshops to Discuss “Lessons Learned” Scheduled in July

June 23, 2015
The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is scheduled to award over $120 million in Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grants and loans at its next meeting on June 30. Staff recommendations for the program have been released this week.
 
Just over a year ago Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature dedicated 20 percent of Cap-and-Trade auction revenues to the AHSC program. The program provides grants or loans to projects intended to achieve greenhouse gas reductions (GHG) through increasing accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers and key destinations via low-carbon transportation options, like walking, biking and transit, which result in fewer vehicle miles traveled.
 
According to SGC, the 28 recommended projects will provide over 2,000 new affordable housing units and reduce an estimated 723,286 metric tons of GHG emissions — the equivalent of taking 140,483 cars off the road for one year. 
 
Once the first round of funding is awarded, the SGC will turn to reviewing the program guidelines for the second round of funding. SCG has scheduled two workshops for staff to hear from applicants about the process from their perspective, discuss lessons learned and to provide cities an opportunity to suggest changes before the next round of funding. Workshop details are below. 
 
Northern California “Lessons Learned: Round One”— Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds  Workshop
July 14 1 to 4 p.m.
CalEPA Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor
1001 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Southern CA “Lessons Learned: Round One” — Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds  Workshop
July 20
CalTrans District 7
100 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 
Meeting agenda materials will be posted on the SGC website 10 days prior to each workshop.


 
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