Local Housing Planning Support Grants Program
The adopted FY 2019-20 California Budget (AB 74) and the associated housing trailer bill (AB 101) include a new Local Government Planning Support Grants Program. The program is established for the purpose of providing regions and jurisdictions with one-time funding, including grants for planning activities, to enable jurisdictions to meet the 6th Cycle of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The program will be administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This program includes two grant funding sub-programs: Local jurisdictional funds and regional funds.
Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grant
The local jurisdictions portion of the Local Housing Support Grants Program funding will be allocated to cities and counties throughout the state. Jurisdictions within the AMBAG region are eligible for allocations between $65,000 and $500,000 depending on the size of the jurisdiction. HCD released a notice of funding availability and application on January 27, 2020. Local jurisdictions must request an allocation of funds from HCD by July 1, 2020, and must identify specific strategies to meet their 6th Cycle of the RHNA. Eligible activities shall be limited to housing-related planning activities.
Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grant
The regional portion of the Local Housing Support Grants Program funding will be allocated to mega-regions throughout the state. In the Central Coast, approximately $8,000,000 in funding was allocated to the Central Coast Housing Working Group (CCHWG). The CCHWG is composed of representatives from jurisdictions within the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties. Funding will be made available to COGs and jurisdictions within the region for housing planning purposes.
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