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Draft Housing Planning Grant Guidelines Released

Oct. 18, 2018

The Department of Housing and Community Development released draft guidelines for SB 2 planning grants for cities and counties. The grants are funded with half of the revenue generated in the first calendar year of SB 2 (Atkins, 2017) document recording tax. The other half of year-one funding will be allocated to homelessness programs.

Pursuant to statutory requirements, the grant program will provide financial and technical assistance to local governments to update a variety of planning documents and processes to streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.

The draft guidelines are available online here. CSAC will review the draft and provide comments. We are interested in any feedback from counties by Thursday, November 1 via email to clee@counties.org. CSAC also encourages counties to submit comments directly to HCD by the Wednesday, November 7 deadline. Comments should be submitted by email to CAHP@hcd.ca.gov.

HCD is holding two more open house forums around the state to discuss to draft guidelines in greater detail:

San Mateo – October 23, 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm
San Mateo Library, Oak Room
55 W. Third Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402

Buena Park – October 29, 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm
City of Buena Park Community Room
6688 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621

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