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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

California FY 2016-2017 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.

Earlier this year, the SGC initiated the third round of the AHSC program. The SGC will approve the final AHSC Program Guidelines on July 17, 2017, including the required GHG Quantification Methodology. The release of a 2016-2017 AHSC Notice of Funding Availability and application is expected to occur in October 2017.

Similar to previous AHSC rounds, SANDAG intends to assist potential applicants, including holding workshops and providing technical assistance.  To be added to SANDAG’s AHSC email contact list, please contact Seth Litchney, Senior Regional Planner, at

Additional Resources

AHSC Fact Sheet for Local Governments
AHSC Fact Sheet for Affordable Housing Developers
AHSC Fact Sheet for Elected Officials
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

AHSC Previous Rounds

FY 2015-2016
AHSC 2015-2016 Awards List

Projects Funded by the FY 2015-2016 AHSC Program

The second round of AHSC funding was awarded in October 2016. Of the nearly $290 million awarded statewide, the San Diego region received over $12 million to fund the following project.

Cornerstone Place ($12.1 million): Located in the City of El Cajon in San Diego County, Cornerstone Place would provide 70 new units of affordable housing for families and veteran households. The proposed development features 48 one-bedroom units, 22 three-bedroom units, and strives to achieve LEED silver design through the use of energy efficient systems and a variety of sustainability features. The project also proposes to Metropolitan Transit System Routes 815 and 816, which connect the project with both Downtown El Cajon and the El Cajon Transit Center.

Materials from SANDAG/San Diego Housing Federation Workshop - November 2015

To encourage collaboration and strengthen opportunities for successful applications from the San Diego region, SANDAG and the San Diego Housing Federation held a joint workshop on November 12, 2015.

Workshop Overview
Workshop Presentation
Map of Qualifying High Quality Transit
San Diego Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program Map
2050 Revenue Constrained Transit Network
Regional Smart Growth Concept Map
Mid-City and East County Subregion
North City and North County Subregion
North County Subregion
South County Subregion
Contact List

SGC Workshops

The SGC hosted workshops on the NOFA and concept application. The workshop in San Diego was held in February 2016 at SANDAG. View the workshop presentation.

SANDAG GHG Emission Calculation Training Workshops

SANDAG hosted two workshops in February 2016 to assist potential applicants with calculations of GHG reduction quantifications.

SANDAG developed an emissions template to assist with applications from the San Diego region. If you have questions about the template, contact Clint Daniels at

SANDAG Board Approval of MPO Role and Co-Application Along Regional Bike Early Action Project Corridor

SANDAG expressed interest in exploring the opportunity to partner with one or more affordable housing developers on a potential joint application along Regional Bike Early Action Project Corridors. Developers interested in serving as potential applicants were encouraged to submit a statement with the affordable housing project location to SANDAG staff by January 16, 2016. On February 26, 2016, the SANDAG Board took action to NOT rank full applications from the San Diego region. The Board also approved a potential co-application with Chelsea Investment Corporation in the North Park | Mid-City area and an individual application for the Vista segment of the Inland Rail Trail. View the report (Item #20). PowerPoint presentations from the SANDAG Board and Regional Planning Committee meetings are posted below under Downloads.

SGC Releases a Request for Proposal to Provide Direct Technical Assistance to Disadvantaged Communities

The SGC provided direct technical assistance to disadvantaged communities interested in applying for the 2015-16 AHSC program. Selected contractors for the SGC Technical Assistance Pilot provided direct grant writing, analytical, and project management support to applicants to ultimately achieve successful AHSC applications for projects benefiting disadvantaged communities that reduce GHG emissions. View the Request for Proposals for the AHSC Technical Assistance Pilot Program.

FY 2014-2015
AHSC 2014-2015 Awards List

Projects Funded by the FY 2014-2015 AHSC Program

The first round of AHSC funding was awarded in June 2015.  Of the nearly $122 million awarded statewide, the San Diego region received approximately $16 million to fund the following two projects.

South Bay Rapid ($7 million): South Bay Rapid is a 21-mile Rapid transit route that will operate between the Otay Mesa border crossing and Downtown San Diego. The project will complete the final 11 miles of the route between Chula Vista and a new intermodal transportation center at the border with Mexico. The project will provide transit service for residents and employees in the corridor who currently have no viable transit options. The project will operate in dedicated transit lanes, serve six stations (five in Otay Ranch - a transit oriented village), and provide a direct transit connection to the border. The project will reduce GHG emissions by shifting trips from autos to transit, increase public health by helping to decrease pollutants at the border, and help link disadvantaged communities to affordable housing and key destination areas.

Westside Transit Oriented Development ($9.2 million): The Westside Infill Transit Oriented Development is a proposed 201-unit affordable housing infill development along Paradise Creek in National City. Phase I, currently under construction, will complete 109 units on site. Phase II will complete the development by constructing 92 units, expanding Paradise Creek Educational Park/Trail, and building off-site transportation improvements including: Class II bicycle lanes, pedestrian pathways, and ADA enhancements at key intersections within the public right-of-way. The entire project is based on a concept developed through a neighborhood/stakeholder design process and was adopted as part of the City's Westside Specific Plan in 2010.

Project Manager

Coleen Clementson, Acting Planning Director
Phone: (619) 699-1944, Email:

Robyn Wapner, Senior Legislative Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-6926, Email:

Seth Litchney, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1943, Email:

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