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Housing

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program is a competitive funding program that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by funding projects that combine affordable housing with sustainable transportation improvements.

This is a state program administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and funded through California cap-and-trade auction proceeds.

AHSC funds both loans for affordable housing construction and grants for housing related infrastructure, transportation projects, and community programming.

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, community college district, developer, or Federally recognized Indian Tribe.


September-October 2022: Round 7 Draft Guidelines will be released for Public Comment.
Local stakeholders will coordinate and submit comment letters to SGC with cohesive messaging from the San Diego Region
October 2022: A Housing Forum/Roundtable covering AHSC and other funding opportunities is being planned locally. More details to come
December 2022Final Guidelines Adopted
January 2023: NOFA Released - Based on current FY2022 Cap-and-Trade Auctions from California Climate Investments and addition investments from State of California general fund, AHSC Round 7 is estimated to have approximately $750 million in available funding.

March 2023: AHSC Round 7 Applications Due
August 2023: AHSC Round 7 Awards Adopted by SGC

For additional information about the AHSC program or to be added to SANDAG’s AHSC email contact list, please contact Stacey Cooper, Senior Regional Planner, at stacey.cooper@sandag.org.


Resources

AHSC Fact Sheet

AHSC Round 7 Timeline

AHSC Draft Round 7 Policy Discussion Response Summary

AHSC Draft Round 7 Application

SANDAG Regional Bike Projects
Information on bike projects throughout the San Diego region

CalEnviroScreen 4.0
Mapping tool to identify disadvantaged communities

AB 1550 Implementation
Mapping tool to identify low-income communities

State Planning Priorities
Government Code Section 65041.1, which sets the state's planning priorities

Previous Rounds of AHSC Funding

Round 6 – FY2019-2020 & 2020-2021
AHSC Round 6 Guidelines
AHSC Round 6 Applications & Awards
The Azuriik Apartments project was awarded $16.5 million in funding. The project is a mixed-use development with 400 affordable housing units, for households earning between 30 and 80 percent area median income. The project is in a transit priority area and centrally located in a mobility hub within the City of National City. The project will also include amenities such as a community room, playground, vegetable garden, and daycare services. The project is also within a half mile of the MTS Blue Line 8th Street Trolley Station and the Bayshore Bike.

Round 5 – FY2018-2019
AHSC Round 5 Awards
AHSC Round 5 NOFA and Application
AHSC Round 5 Guidelines
AHSC Round 5 Workshop Presentation Slides (Download) | Webinar (YouTube)

Round 4 – FY2017-2018
View AHSC Round 4 Information
View AHSC Round 4 Award Summaries

The 13th & Broadway Project received $20 million to build 273 units of service-enriched housing for homeless residents in the East Village of downtown San Diego; 2.5 miles of protected bikeways; and walkway upgrades, including a pedestrian greenway. The project also will increase bus service on the MTS Rapid Route 225. 

Round 3 – FY2016-2017
View AHSC Round 3 Award Summaries

Two AHSC project from the San Diego region were awarded funding in Round 3. The Keeler Court/Southcrest project received over $9 million to build 71 affordable multifamily units, a mile of walkway upgrades, 6 miles of bike facilities (2 miles of Class IV cycletrack), and increased frequencies for 2 bus routes. The San Diego Downtown Mobility Plan and 14th and Commercial Street Transit Oriented Development project received approximately $20 million to build 2 miles of Class IV cycletrack, a half mile of walkway upgrades, and a combined 407 affordable units (250 units of permanent supportive housing) near the 12th and Imperial Transit Center. Additionally, the project will provide workshops on bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as transit access programming for residents.

Round 2 - FY 2015-2016
View AHSC Round 2 Award Summaries

The Cornerstone Place project received over $12 million to build 70 units of affordable housing for families and veteran households in the City of El Cajon and expand MTS Routes 815 and 816.

Round 1 – FY2014-2015
View AHSC Round 1 Award Summaries

Two AHSC project from the San Diego region were awarded funding in Round 1. The South Bay Bus Rapid Transit project received $7 million to construct 11 miles of the 21-mile bus rapid transit route, including dedicated transit lanes and 6 stations. The Paradise Creek project received over $9 million to build 201 affordable units, Class II bike lanes, and ADA improvements at key intersections in the City of National City.

Project Manager

Stacey Cooper, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 595-5354, Email: stacey.cooper@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.