On Jan. 26, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) approved awards totaling $808 million to 37 distinct Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program applications throughout the state of California. This is the largest total amount awarded in one round since the program’s inception and results in approximately $2.4 billion total invested through the program to date.
Enterprise staff is deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to support 26 of the awarded applicant teams in all areas of the state, helping our partners to advance the most ambitious community-serving projects across diverse locations and environments.
Each AHSC applicant team is itself a collaborative of housing developers, local government, transit agencies, technical assistance providers, community organizations and more. We applaud all the AHSC Round 6 applicants for the creativity, tenacity and sheer effort that each and every team put into the application process, whether successful or not.
This round’s awards will continue to advance the program’s goals to build a more equitable, sustainable California. As described in the staff report, this year’s awarded projects will lead to the creation of 4,463 new homes near transit, of which 4,113 will be affordable to lower-income households.
Each 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
- Programs focused on bicycle education, environmental justice and green workforce development
Taken together, these projects 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 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 and the Department of Housing and Community Development.
For more information on Enterprise’s AHSC technical assistance services, please contact: