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Local Housing Planning Support Grants Program


For more information about this plan, contact Paul by email or phone: (831) 264-5092

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.

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.

Please see the Plan Docs section below for applications and template resolutions for jurisdictions in the AMBAG, SBtCOG, SLOCOG and SBCAG regions. 

Please contact Paul Hierling at or at 831-265-5092 if you have any issues accessing the information.

For Grant and application questions, please contact Paul Hierling at or by phone at 831-265-5092.

For your Council of Governments, see below for contact information:

  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), please contact Paul Hierling at or by phone at 831-265-5092.
  • San Benito Council of Governments (SBtCOG), please contact Veronica Lezama at or by phone at 831-637-7665.
  • San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), please contact Sara Sanders at or by phone at 805-597-8052.
  • Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), please contact Micheal Becker at or by phone at 831-915-9466.


Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grant

HCD released a notice of funding availability and application on January 27, 2020. Local jurisdictions must request an allocation of funds from HCD by January 31, 2021, and must identify specific strategies to meet their 6th Cycle of the RHNA. Eligible activities shall be limited to housing-related planning activities.  For more information, please go to the HCD's Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grants page.