The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program: Collaborative Investments to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Strengthen Disadvantaged Communities

California Housing Partnership, Enterprise Community Partners, and TransForm
Created: 4/27/2020 -

Abstract

Across the state, a diverse range of stakeholders – including affordable housing developers, transit agencies, local governments, and community members – are preparing to engage in the third application round of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. The highly-competitive application process for affordable housing and transit infrastructure funding is expected to begin this fall. However, the motions to establish the program that we know today actually began over a decade ago when the State of California took steps to address climate change.

In this policy brief, we present our findings on AHSC’s projected impact, both at the state and local level. We find that the program is generating substantial statewide environmental, health, housing, and other socioeconomic public benefits—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The program is also catalyzing innovative cross-sector collaboration at the local level, which will help deliver multifaceted benefits to California’s most vulnerable people.

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Organization(s)

California’s Experts in Sustainable Affordable Housing Finance and Policy

Enterprise Community Partners is an organization in the United States that delivers the capital, develops the programs, and advocates for the policies needed to create and preserve well-designed homes that people can afford in inclusive and connected communities. 

Enterprise's vision is that one day, every person will have an affordable home in a vibrant community, filled with promise and the opportunity for a good life. Their mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate- income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. 

At TransForm, we believe that all Californians should be able to live in healthy, connected communities with great options to get where we need to go.

TransForm promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity, keep California affordable, and help solve our climate crisis. 

With diverse partners we engage communities in planning, run innovative programs and win policy change at the local, regional and state levels.

Keywords

Scale
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Culture/communities
Development (socioeconomic)
Policy
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Governance and Policy
Maintain adequate financial resources for adaptation
Region
North America
United States
Southwest