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SB 2 Funds Available to Help Cities and Counties Increase Housing Supply

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By Chelsey Payne, AICP

Last week, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for SB 2 (Statutes of 2017) grants to fund planning projects and tools that will help increase housing production. Approximately $123 million in SB 2 funds are available to update local planning documents and processes that will streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production. Cities and counties that have a certified housing element and have completed either the 2017 or 2018 Annual Progress Report are eligible to receive grant funds ranging from $160,000 to $625,000 depending on the size of the jurisdiction. This a is a non-competitive, over-the-counter grant program that can fund a range of projects including:

  • Targeted General Plan Updates
  • Community Plans and Specific Plans
  • Zoning Updates and By-Right Zoning for Housing
  • Objective Design Standards
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations
  • Streamlined Environmental Analyses
  • Process Updates to Improve and Expedite Local Permitting

Ascent is a member of the team, led by PlaceWorks, that has been selected by HCD to provide technical assistance to cities and counties applying for SB 2 grants. Our team will be working closely with local jurisdictions to help identify eligible activities and assist with the application process. Hyperlinks to useful information about the SB 2 program are provided below. If you do not yet meet the eligibility requirements or would like assistance with your grant application, our team is available to provide technical guidance.

A few important links:

A few key dates:

  • March 28, 2019:  Notice of Funding Availability published
  • April 1, 2019:  Application window opens
  • April – May 2019: NOFA-Application Workshops/Webinar Period
  • November 30, 2019: Application submittal period ends
  • June 30, 2022:  Anticipated end of grant term

Maximum grant funding amounts are based on population:

  • Small Localities (population of 60,000 or less): $160,000
  • Medium Localities (population between 60,000-200,000): $310,000
  • Large Localities (population of 200,000 or more): $625,000

Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about the eligibility requirements, application process, upcoming workshops, or available technical assistance.

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Chelsey Payne, AICP

Chelsey Payne, AICP

Director of Urban Planning

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