The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program makes it easier for Californians to drive less by making sure housing, jobs, and key destinations are accessible by walking, biking, and transit.
The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
Program (AHSC) builds healthier communities and protects
the environment by increasing the supply of affordable
places to live near jobs, stores, transit, and other daily
needs. Personal vehicle use is, by far, the most significant
source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. AHSC
reduces these emissions by funding projects that make it
easier for residents to get out of their cars and walk, bike,
or take public transit. Funded by auction proceeds from
California’s Cap-and-Trade emissions reduction program,
AHSC is administered by the Strategic Growth Council
and implemented by the California Department of Housing
and Community Development.
WHAT DOES AHSC FUND?
AHSC provides funding for affordable housing developments
(new construction or renovation) and transportation
infrastructure. This may include sustainable transportation
infrastructure, such as new transit vehicles, sidewalks, and
bike lanes; transportation-related amenities, such as bus
shelters, benches, or shade trees; and other programs that
encourage residents to walk, bike, and use public transit.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Eligible applicants include:
»» Local governments
»» Transportation and transit agencies
»» Non-profit and for-profit housing developers
»» Joint powers authorities
»» K-12 school, college and university districts
»» Federally recognized Indian tribes
Historically, most applicants have been developers of
affordable and mixed-income housing, local governments,
regional transportation agencies, and public transit
providers. Applicants are also welcome to submit joint
proposals to co-develop a project.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Housing developers, community based organizations (CBOs), transit providers, transit agencies, regional government
AHSC is a statewide grant program committed to geographic equity. Project Area type targets are as follows:(A) Target forty five (45) percent of funds available as designated in the NOFA to TOD Project Area applications.(B) Target thirty five (35) percent of funds available as designated in the NOFA to ICP Project Area applications.(C) Target ten (10) percent of funds available as designated in the NOFA to RIPA applications.
Matching Funding Requirement:
AHSC requires that the Project must demonstrate a level of committed funding at time of application that is 90% or greater calculated by the following equation: (AHSC funds requested + Enforceable Funding Commitments (EFCs) – Deferred Costs)/(Total Development Cost – Deferred Costs) Simplified, between the combined amount of leveraged funds and your AHSC funding request should amount to 90% of the project's total development cost, at the.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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