Housing Technical Assistance Program

Housing Technical Assistance Program

Regional Early Action Planning Grants

ABAG is currently developing a new regional housing technical assistance program with the support of new state funding disbursed by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  The process to develop the technical assistance began with a listening session at the ABAG Special General Assembly.  There is planned outreach to local jurisdictions in early and mid-2020 to gather feedback on program design.  Later in 2020, we expect to begin deployment of these new technical assistance resources to Bay Area cities, towns and counties.

The funds come from the 2019-2020 Budget Act, which provided a one-time allocation of $250 million to regions and local jurisdictions to implement the sixth cycle of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and otherwise accelerate housing production.  The funding is divided between two programs: the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grants program, and the Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grants program. 

As the Bay Area’s Council of Governments, ABAG is eligible to receive funding through the REAP program on a population-based formula – totaling roughly $23.7 million.  On February 7, 2020, the ABAG Special General Assembly voted to approve an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget to authorize ABAG to receive these funds.  Pursuant to state legislation, ABAG has submitted a request for approximately $5.9 million (25% of the total regional allocation) and is awaiting an award from HCD.  HCD plans to release a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the remainder of the funds later in 2020.      

Local Government Direct Assistance

The State's LEAP program is designed to help cities and counties directly by providing funding, incentives, and technical assistance to local governments through over-the-counter grants.  Every local jurisdiction is eligible to apply to HCD for direct LEAP funding per a population-based formula. LEAP applications are due by July 1, 2020; however, HCD strongly encourages jurisdictions to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Visit HCD’s website for more information about LEAP.

HCD Releases Guidelines for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing for Local Governments

To address fair housing, AB 686 (Statutes of 2018) creates requirements for all state and local agencies (including, but not limited to, all cities, counties, cities and counties, and housing authorities) that ensure that their laws, programs and activities affirmatively further fair housing. 

HCD has released a summary of the requirements that AB 686 added to Housing Element Law that local governments and interested stakeholders can use to understand the changes. The linked memo provides a review of the added fair housing program requirement (which started January 1, 2019), the Assessment of Fair Housing, and the sites inventory analysis for all housing elements due on or after January 1, 2021.

Please email HCD with any questions about the guidelines: ComplianceReview@hcd.ca.gov.

 

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)’s Special General Assembly —Regional Housing Needs Allocation: The New Normal and Business Meeting — held Friday, February 7, 2020, kicked off with a dynamic panel discussion on Bay Area housing featuring state Sens. Scott Wiener and Jim Beall, and Assemblyman David Chiu, who discussed the hot-button topic. A question-and-answer period with local electeds and city and county staff followed. 

Housing in the Bay Area and throughout the state is a topic that has dominated headlines. The General Assembly brought more than 150 attendees together to hear information on the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, while providing an opportunity for local governments to share their concerns about the process.

Funding Accepted
ABAG’s delegates also approved an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget to accept $23.7 million in Regional Early Action Planning Grants Program (REAP) from the State. Technical assistance using REAP funding will be rolled out to assist local governments. 

More information is available here

HCD Announcement

 

 

 

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in Local Planning

Housing Element Law:

Fair Housing requirements for local governments

California is experiencing a housing supply crisis, with housing demand far outstripping supply. The supply solution is not just about how many units are built, but also where they are built and who has access to them. As California works to address the housing crisis, local housing planning must include strategies to remediate existing trends in segregation and increase access to opportunity for all community members.  

What are the fair housing requirements?

To address fair housing, AB 686 (Statutes of 2018) creates requirements for all state and local agencies (including, but not limited to, all cities, counties, cities and counties, and housing authorities) that ensure that their laws, programs and activities affirmatively further fair housing. 

HCD has released a summary of the requirements that AB 686 added to Housing Element Law that local governments and interested stakeholders can use to understand the changes. The memo provides a review of the added fair housing program requirement (which started January 1, 2019), the Assessment of Fair Housing, and the sites inventory analysis for all housing elements due on or after January 1, 2021.

Questions?

Please email: ComplianceReview@hcd.ca.gov.