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Housing Acceleration Program

Increasing the availability of equitable and affordable homes is critical to bettering the quality of life for all San Diegans. In 2019, the state legislature passed Assembly Bill 101, which allowed for the creation of state grant fund programs to distribute one-time funding to regional entities to prioritize planning activities that accelerate housing production. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) established the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grant program, which allocated $6.8 million to SANDAG. Using these grant funds, SANDAG is working to establish a Regional Housing Acceleration Program and collaborate on projects that have a broader regional impact on housing.

SANDAG is creating an Equitable Housing Framework that is being prepared in conjunction with the Housing Acceleration Program. The Equitable Housing Framework is intended to provide equitable solutions for the housing crisis in the San Diego region. 

Housing Acceleration Program Grant

SANDAG has developed the Housing Acceleration Grant Program (HAP). HAP is intended to develop and adopt policies and process improvements that accelerate housing production, facilitate implementation of the 6th RHNA Cycle, implement the Regional Plan Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), and build local jurisdictions’ capacity to compete for funding statewide through the HCD Prohousing Designation Program.


Efforts Underway

SANDAG present a unique position to address and advance the housing needs of the San Diego region. To establish SANDAG as a Prohousing leader and accelerate housing production, SANDAG will deploy various regional initiatives that increase affordable housing production, prevent displacement, provide technical assistance and educational outreach, and provide financial resources to local jurisdictions.

Housing Policy Leadership Academy (HPLA) – HPLA provides diverse leaders and community members with an in-depth forum to explore and develop equitable, inclusive policy solutions to increase housing production and affordability in their community and across the region.

Pro-Housing Best Practices – The SANDAG Pro-Housing Best Practices identifies 17 core functions that outline SANDAG’s role in fostering regional collaboration and as regional Pro-Housing leader. The Pro-Housing Best Practices provides context for how SANDAG could remove barrier to housing development, advance equity, and improve housing finance mechanisms 

Capital Mapping – Capital Mapping for the San Diego Region identifies public, private, and philanthropic funding opportunities to attain regional housing targets and accelerate housing production. Capital Mapping provides a strategic outline for how SANDAG could support regional partners and build coalitions to support housing development.

Funding Opportunities – SANDAG is providing grant opportunities through the Housing Acceleration Program Grant and will continue to look for ways to leverage funding from the State of California to provide more housing in the region and meet the goals of the Regional Plan.

Regional Housing Framework – The Regional Housing framework focuses on the 5 P’s Housing Framework: Promoting Equity and Sustainability, Preserving Vulnerable Housing, Protecting Tenants, Preventing Displacement, and Producing Housing for All.

Regionwide Anti-displacement Strategies – Provide technical assistance to local governments to meet state and federal requirements to affirmatively further fair housing.

Sustainable Communities On-call – Consultant services provided through pre-selected firms with expertise in a variety of planning disciplines in the field(s) of land use, housing, community development finance, equity, and more. The cities and County may utilize the on-call to procure consultant services, allowing for expediated use of HAP grant funds without having to undergo their own competitive procurement process or rate negotiations.

Educational Outreach – Educational outreach to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing and its community benefits. Resources will include a toolkit that supports local jurisdictions and attract potential developers.

Regional Equitable Housing Subcommittee – The SANDAG Board of Directors approved the creation of a Regional Equitable Housing Subcommittee (REHS). The subcommittee is intended to lead discussions and identify voluntary, innovative, and incentive-based housing approaches that address housing needs throughout the San Diego region.