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HCD Releases "Framework Paper and Survey" for Prohousing Designations

Attend the webinar Oct. 28; submit comments by Nov. 15

October 25, 2019
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced the availability of a framework paper and survey for input on conceptual approaches to implementation of the Prohousing Designation Program.
The Prohousing Designation Program was authorized by the 2019-20 Budget Act and tasks HCD with designating jurisdictions as “Prohousing,” when they demonstrate policies and strategies to accelerate housing production. Prohousing jurisdictions will then be awarded additional points or preference in programs, such as the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC), Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) and Infill Incentive Grant (IIG) programs.
The 2019-20 Budget Act requires HCD to develop the Prohousing Designation Program emergency regulations by no later than July 1, 2021. However, HCD seeks to provide initial direction to local governments that may elect to utilize Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) and Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grants to establish prohousing policies and eventually earn a Prohousing Designation. These funds are anticipated to be available in the next couple of months.
HCD is hoping to gather first phase feedback on its approach and prohousing policies. Feedback will inform several subsequent processes, including the development of emergency regulations to determine which jurisdictions will be designated as "Prohousing" in 2020.
Submit your comments on the framework paper and your survey responses to by Nov. 15 for the first phase of feedback.
HCD will host a webinar on the LEAP and REAP grants, as well as the Prohousing Designation Program.
Oct. 28
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Webinar instructions
For questions about the Prohousing Designation Program and Prohousing Policies, email For questions about the Early Action Planning grants, email

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