On August 30, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) approved awards totaling $757 million to 21 distinct Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) projects throughout the state of California.
Enterprise staff are deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to support 16 of the 21 awarded applicant teams throughout the state, helping our partners to advance the most ambitious community-serving projects across diverse locations and environments. Each AHSC applicant team is a collaborative of housing developers, local government, transit agencies, technical assistance providers, community organizations, and more. We applaud all the AHSC Round 7 applicants for the creativity, commitment to program values, and sheer effort that each and every team put into the application process.
The AHSC program continues to be one of the largest and most reliable funding programs for affordable housing in California, and counting the recent awards, over $3 billion total has been invested. This year’s awarded projects will lead to the creation of more than 2,500 new affordable homes connected to opportunity.
However, the AHSC program is about so much more than just units. As in years past, these awards continue to advance the program’s goals to build a more equitable, sustainable California. Each AHSC housing development will be paired with a wide array of community-serving investments, including new bike lanes, safer sidewalks and crosswalks, new and enhanced public transportation, urban greening and air pollution mitigation projects, free transit passes for residents, and programs focused on anti-displacement, community capacity building, and green workforce development.
Taken together, these developments will make a meaningful impact on addressing the state’s twin crises of housing affordability and climate change impacts.
For detailed information on the application review process and the awarded projects, please see the AHSC Staff Report.
Established in 2014, the AHSC Program funds infill development, sustainable transportation investments, and programs that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. AHSC is funded by cap-and-trade auction proceeds as part of the State’s California Climate Investments suite of programs. The program is administered by SGC in collaboration with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
For more information on Enterprise’s AHSC Technical Assistance services, please contact: