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Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC)


FUNDING LEVEL: 20% continuous allocation; $524 million through March 2017 (excluding portion for SALC program); 50% of funds must benefit disadvantaged communities
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: Housing and Community Development, GHG methodology by CARB, Program guidelines by the Strategic Growth Council
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Local government, public housing authority, redevelopment successor agency, transit agency or transit operator, regional transportation planning agency (RTPA), local transportation commission, congestion management agency, Joint Powers Authority (JPA), school district, facilities district, university or community college district, developer or program operator

Program Description

This competitive program provides grants and affordable housing loans to city and county projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and increase accessibility of housing, employment centers and key destinations.  Projects must provide low-carbon transportation options such as walking, biking and transit. Eligible activities include affordable housing developments, housing-related infrastructure, sustainable transportation infrastructure, transportation-related amenities, program costs, including active transportation, transit ridership, or criteria air pollutant reduction programs.

Visit the Strategic Growth Council’s grant page to learn more.

Successful Program Outcomes

  • Reduced air pollution
  • Improved conditions in disadvantaged communities
  • Improved public health
  • Improved connectivity and accessibility to jobs, housing and services
  • Increased options for mobility, including active transportation
  • Protected agricultural lands that support infill and compact development

Funded Projects

City of Walnut Creek (2015)The Riviera Family Apartments will provide 58 new apartments for affordable to low-income families in the City of Walnut Creek. Resources for Community Development Housing have been awarded $678,706 to implement the project. The project will also include amenities to benefit the broader community including pedestrian improvements, low-impact landscaping and traffic calming.

City of Los Angeles (2015) - MacArthur Park Apartments Phase B is an 82 unit, mixed-use, affordable housing development with approximately 7,000 square feet of retail. McCormack Baron Salazar was awarded a total sum of $2,014,560 million for the project which includes improved access to nearby public transportation: the Westlake/MacArthur Park Station serving the Metro Red and Purple lines.

City of National City (2015)The Westside Infill Transit Oriented Development (WI-TOD), also known as the Paradise Creek Affordable Housing Project, is a 201-unit affordable housing development and an expansion of Paradise Creek Educational Park. The project was developed through a neighborhood and stakeholder design participation process and incorporated into the Westside Specific Plan, which was adopted in 2010. The project includes improved access to alternative modes of transportation allowing residents of this disadvantaged community to limit their auto trips, thereby reducing VMT and greenhouse gas emissions.

National City is a Beacon Program Spotlight Award recipient, find out more.

City of West Sacramento (2015) - received a grant of $6,730,888 to fund the Delta Lane Affordable Housing and Grand Gateway Transportation Infrastructure Project which will include 77 residential units and retail. The project will provide transportation improvements in the Grand Gateway and Washington transit-oriented development/infill development districts. Residents will enjoy better walking and biking opportunities that are currently lacking. The project will also improve connectivity to the two surrounding disadvantaged communities

The City of West Sacramento is Beacon Program Participant, find out more.

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