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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

California FY 2015-2016 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program provides funding for projects that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and benefit disadvantaged communities through increasing accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers and key destinations via low-carbon transportation.

This is a state program administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and funded through California cap-and-trade auction proceeds. The Department of Housing and Community Development implements the transportation, housing and infrastructure component of the AHSC Program.

Eligible applicants include: a locality, public housing authority, redevelopment successor agency, transit agency or transit operator, regional transportation planning agency, local transportation commissions, congestion management agencies, joint powers authority, school district, facilities district, university or community college district.

Additional information may be found here: and program updates, including the link to the application via FAAST, can be found here:

The Strategic Growth Council approved the final AHSC Program Guidelines on December 17, 2015. The final guidelines contain the GHG Quantification Methodology.

Approximately $320 million is expected in FY 2015-2016 under the proposed schedule:

January 26, 2016: Release of FY 2015-2016 notice of funding availability and application

March 16, 2016: Concept applications due

April 20, 2016: Notification of invite to submit full application

June 20, 2016: Full applications due

September 2016: Awards announced 

The SGC is encouraging everyone to send questions to so that they can track everything. They will be answering questions on a weekly basis, and posting updated FAQs to their website weekly to encourage transparency and make sure everyone has access to the same information.

AHSC Workshops

The SGC hosted workshops around the state on the NOFA and concept application. The workshop in San Diego was held on Wednesday, February 17 at SANDAG. View the workshop handouts.

SANDAG GHG Emission Calculation Training Workshops

SANDAG hosted two workshops in February to assist potential applicants with calculations of GHG reduction quantifications.

SANDAG developed an emissions template to assist with applications from the San Diego region. If you have questions about the template, contact Clint Daniels at

SANDAG Board Approval of MPO Role and Co-Application Along Regional Bike Early Action Project Corridor

During December and January, SANDAG expressed interest in exploring the opportunity to partner with one or more affordable housing developers on a potential joint application along Regional Bike Early Action Project Corridors. Developers interested in serving as potential applicants were encouraged to submit a statement with the affordable housing project location to SANDAG staff by January 16, 2016. On February 26, 2016, the SANDAG Board took action to NOT rank full applications from the San Diego region. The Board also approved a potential co-application with Chelsea Investment Corporation in the North Park | Mid-City area and an individual application for the Vista segment of the Inland Rail Trail. View the report (Item #20). PowerPoint presentations from the SANDAG Board and Regional Planning Committee meetings are posted below under Downloads.

Materials from San Diego Workshop - November 2015

To encourage collaboration and strengthen opportunities for successful applications from the San Diego region, SANDAG and the San Diego Housing Federation held a joint workshop on Thursday, November 12, 2015, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at SANDAG offices.

Workshop Overview
Workshop Presentation
Map of Qualifying High Quality Transit
San Diego Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program Map
2050 Revenue Constrained Transit Network
Regional Smart Growth Concept Map
Mid-City and East County Subregion
North City and North County Subregion
North County Subregion
South County Subregion
Contact List

Additional Resources

SANDAG Regional Bike Projects: provides information on bike projects throughout the San Diego region

CalEnviroScreen: identifies disadvantaged communities

Air Resources Board: identifies half mile zones around disadvantaged communities and ZIP codes containing disadvantaged communities

State Planning Priorities: provides language from Government Code Section 65041-65051 on the state's planning priorities

Background on the California FY 2014-2015 Cap-and-Trade Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program

The first round of AHSC funding was awarded in June 2015.  Of the nearly $122 million awarded statewide, the San Diego region received approximately $16 million to fund the following two projects.

South Bay Rapid ($7 million): South Bay Rapid is a 21-mile Rapid transit route that will operate between the Otay Mesa border crossing and Downtown San Diego. The project will complete the final 11 miles of the route between Chula Vista and a new intermodal transportation center at the border with Mexico. The project will provide transit service for residents and employees in the corridor who currently have no viable transit options. The project will operate in dedicated transit lanes, serve six stations (five in Otay Ranch - a transit oriented village), and provide a direct transit connection to the border. The project will reduce GHG emissions by shifting trips from autos to transit, increase public health by helping to decrease pollutants at the border, and help link disadvantaged communities to affordable housing and key destination areas.

Westside Transit Oriented Development ($9.2 million): The Westside Infill Transit Oriented Development is a proposed 201-unit affordable housing infill development along Paradise Creek in National City. Phase I, currently under construction, will complete 109 units on site. Phase II will complete the development by constructing 92 units, expanding Paradise Creek Educational Park/Trail, and building off-site transportation improvements including: Class II bicycle lanes, pedestrian pathways, and ADA enhancements at key intersections within the public right-of-way. The entire project is based on a concept developed through a neighborhood/stakeholder design process and was adopted as part of the City's Westside Specific Plan in 2010.

SANDAG Staff Contacts

Coleen Clementson, Principal Planner, (619) 699-1944,

Carolina Ilic, Senior Regional Planner, (619) 699-1989,  

Robyn Wapner, Senior Legislative Analyst, (619) 699-1994,

SGC Releases a Request for Proposal to Provide Direct Technical Assistance to Disadvantaged Communities

The Strategic Growth Council has released a request for proposal (RFP) to provide direct technical assistance to disadvantaged communities interested in applying for the 2015-16 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. Selected contractors for the SGC Technical Assistance Pilot (SGC TA) will provide direct grant writing, analytical, and project management support to applicants to ultimately achieve successful AHSC applications for projects benefiting disadvantaged communities that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

PLEASE NOTE: Initial identification and coordination of SGC TA interest for eligible recipients will be done under a separate effort lead by SGC staff, and not through this RFP. In addition, in order to receive additional updates and information on SGC Technical Assistance efforts, please sign up by click here.

The RFP can be found by looking for Bid #RFP SGC 15100 – AHSC Technical Assistance Pilot on the Bid Sync website.