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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 by 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. 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.

In November 2019, the SGC released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the fifth round of the AHSC program. Similar to previous AHSC rounds, SANDAG intends to assist potential applicants by providing technical assistance. To be added to SANDAG’s AHSC email contact list, please contact Seth Litchney, Senior Regional Planner, at


AHSC Fact Sheet
AHSC Round 5 NOFA and Application
AHSC Round 5 Guidelines
AHSC Round 5 Workshop Presentation Slides (Download) | Webinar (YouTube)

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

CalEnviroScreen 3.0
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 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

Tuere Fa’aola, Sustainable Communities Manager
Phone: (619) 699-1989, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or