Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program

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The Success of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program

Projects funded through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program during the first round of funding (FY 14-15) aim to avoid 809,710 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 172,279 cars off the road. Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the reduction of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is a key goal of the program, as are increasing access to housing, jobs and key destinations through low-carbon travel options such as walking, biking and public transit. The program is funded through cap and trade auction proceeds dedicated to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

The first project round (2014-2015) elicited 147 concepts requesting $760 million, well above the $120 million the program had available. Of those, 104 concepts met requirements for project readiness and 56 top-ranked concepts were invited to full application. Ultimately, the program made awards to 28 projects in 21 cities in 19 counties; $92 million went to projects that will benefit disadvantaged communities. The winning projects include 2,427 new units of affordable housing proposed near transit areas, as well as $32 million to fund transit, walking and biking.

The program has benefits beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including adding to the housing stock in job-rich areas, improving access to jobs through better transit options, better indoor air quality, more choices in active transportation options, job creation and greater access to parks.

The projects chosen aim to decrease housing costs, lower transportation costs, and cut energy costs and the costs associated with pollution.

The data provided is for the 2014-2015 AHSC program. Data for the 2015-2016 AHSC program funding, which was awarded on October 11, 2016 will be released to the http://data.ca.gov website as soon as available. For further information about the program please visit the Strategic Growth Council website at http://sgc.ca.gov/Grant-Programs/AHSC-Awards.html

Program Goals
To fund projects that:

  • Result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles travelled (VMT)
  • Increase accessibility of housing, employment centers and key destinations through low-carbon transportation options such as walking, biking and transit.

Strategies:
Provide affordable housing loans and other capital grants for the creation of affordable housing, housing related infrastructure, sustainable transportation infrastructure, transit related amenities, and related programs.

Measurable Outcomes
Projects will support public policy objectives through coordination including:

  • Reducing air pollution
  • Improving conditions in disadvantaged communities
  • Supporting or improving public health
  • Improving connectivity and accessibility to jobs, housing and services
  • Increasing options for mobility, including active transportation
  • Protecting agricultural lands to support infill development

AHSC Successes

What is CalEnviroScreen?

CalEnviroScreen 2.0 - Providing Context to Communities

CalEnviroScreen is a mapping tool that helps identify California communities that are most affected by many sources of pollution, and where people are often especially vulnerable to pollution’s effects. CalEnviroScreen uses environmental, health, and socioeconomic information to produce scores for every census tract in the state.

The scores are mapped so that different communities can be compared. An area with a high score is one that experiences a much higher pollution burden than areas with low scores. CalEnviroScreen ranks communities based on data that are available from state and federal government sources.

For more information on CalEnviroScreen 2.0 and to view the raw data, see the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's CalEnviroScreen portal.

CalEnviroScreen 2.0 Scores and AHSC Project Locations

Click on each Census tract to view the tract's zip code, city, county, CalEnviroScreen 2.0 score, CalEnviroScreen 2.0 score percentile range, and CalEnviroScreen 2.0 ozone pollution percentile.

New Affordable Housing Units Built With AHSC Grants

New Affordable Housing Units By City

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Income-Restricted AHSC-Funded Affordable Units That Have Been Funded Statewide

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AHSC Affordable Units Reserved for Senior, Supportive and/or Veterans' Housing

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