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SACRAMENTO September 19, 2019 – The California Department of Housing and Community Development has announced that more than $3 million in SB 2 planning grant money and nearly $22 million in Community Development Block Grant money has been awarded recently. In addition, two cities have come into compliance with state Housing Element law and one city is at risk of losing compliance.
SB 2 Planning Grants
Fourteen California cities have received a total of $3.15 million in SB 2 planning grants.
SB 2, the Building Homes and Jobs Act (2017) established a $75 recording fee on certain real estate documents to be used for planning grants in its first year, and for affordable homes in subsequent years. The planning grants can be used for updating local planning documents, updating zoning ordinances, conducting environmental analyses or for local improvements to expedite local planning and permitting.
Community Development Block Grants
Some $21.7 million from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program has been awarded to 18 of California’s smaller cities and counties. (See attached list.)
The money will be used for a variety of activities, such as providing single- or multi-family home rehabilitation, homeownership assistance, public water improvements, fire stations, senior and children’s services, flood draining improvements and more.
HCD administers the Community Development Block Grant program for those cities with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000 in unincorporated areas that do not directly receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Holtville, City of Imperial Come Into Housing Element Law Compliance
The cities of Holtville and the City of Imperial have become the eighth and ninth cities to come into compliance with state Housing Element law since Governor Gavin Newsom met with mayors earlier this year to address the housing affordability crisis in California.
Holtville adopted an ordinance to allow for a variety of housing types that address the housing needs for low-income families and special needs populations, including farmworkers. The City of Imperial has committed to addressing the housing needs for lower-income families through increasing densities to provide opportunities to support mixed-use development.
Pico Rivera at Risk of Losing Compliance
HCD continues to hold local jurisdictions accountable for complying with Housing Element law, and today sent a letter notifying the city of Pico Rivera they are in violation of California’s Housing Element Law. The city has failed to zone to accommodate enough units to meet is Regional Housing Needs Allocation targets. Pico Rivera has 30 days to respond to HCD’s findings before HCD will take actions to pull the city’s Housing Element compliance.
In addition, HCD is working with a handful of California jurisdictions that are at risk of falling out of compliance with state housing law, including Housing Element law, the Housing Accountability Act, Density Bonus law, no net loss requirements and potential fair housing issues.
SB 2 Planning Grants
$3.15 Million
Jurisdiction
City/
County
Award Amount
Priority Policy Area (PPA)
Other Activities
Arcata
City
$160,000
Specific Plans or Form-Based Codes Coupled with CEQA Streamlining
Chico
City
$310,000
Housing Related Infrastructure Financing and Fee Reduction Strategies
Rezone to permit by-right; objective design and development standards; ADU strategy; and expedited processing
Cotati
City
$160,000
Multiple PPAs
Davis
City
$310,000
ADU or Other Low-Cost Building Strategies
Specific Plans or Form-Based Codes Coupled with CEQA Streamlining
Fontana
City
$625,000
Specific Plans or Form-Based Codes Coupled with CEQA Streamlining
Rezone to permit by-right; objective design and development standards; expedited processing; and housing related infrastructure financing and fee reduction strategies
Grass Valley
City
$160,000
Specific Plans or Form-Based Codes Coupled with CEQA Streamlining
Rezone to permit by-right; expedited processing
King
City
$160,000
Rezone to Permit By-Right
Accessory Dwelling Units or other low-cost building strategies; Expedited processing
Mammoth Lakes
Town
$160,000
None
Conceptual land use plan for a 25-acre city owned site
Rosemead
City
$160,000
Specific Plans or Form-Based Codes Coupled with CEQA Streamlining
Sonoma
County
$310,000
Rezone to Permit By-Right
Expedited processing
S. Lake Tahoe
City
$160,000
Objective Design and Development Standards
Expedited processing
St. Helena
City
$160,000
Rezone to Permit By-Right
Truckee
City
$160,000
Rezone to Permit By-Right
Willows
City
$160,000
Expedited Processing
 
Community Development Block Grant
$21.7 Million
 
County
Applicant
Activities
Award Amount
Del Norte
County of Del Norte
Public services – senior services; public services – abused and neglected children
$500,000
Fresno
City of Firebaugh
Public improvements – waterline replacement
$2,350,000
City of San Joaquin
Public improvements – new water well
$2,950,000
Humboldt
County of Humboldt
ED – microenterprise technical assistance program; PTA study
$496,220
Imperial
City of Brawley
Single-family housing rehabilitation program; and homeownership assistance program
$500,000
County of Imperial
Public facilities – fire station/cooling center
$3,000,000
Colonias
Palo Verde: public improvements – water well; Heber: single-family housing rehabilitation program; Niland: single-family housing rehabilitation program; Salton Sea: single-family housing rehabilitation program
$1,500,000
Lake
City of Lakeport
Public improvements in support of housing new construction – street improvements
$650,000
Mendocino
County of Mendocino
ED – microenterprise technical assistance program
$500,000
Merced
City of Los Banos
Public services – code enforcement program
$500,000
Santa Cruz
County of Santa Cruz
Multi-family housing rehabilitation project; PTA study
$521,000
Shasta
City of Shasta Lake
Single-family housing rehabilitation program
$300,000
Siskiyou
City of Mt. Shasta
ED – direct financial assistance for for-profits; ED – microenterprise loans/grants; ED – microenterprise technical assistance program
$465,117
Tulare
City of Dinuba
Public improvements – flood drainage improvements
$3,000,000
City of Exeter
Single-family housing rehabilitation program; homeownership assistance program
$600,000
City of Farmersville
Public services – senior services; public services – youth services
$390,000
City of Woodlake
Public improvements – flood drainage improvements; single-family housing rehabilitation program; homeownership assistance program
$3,000,000
Tuolumne
County of Tuolumne
Public services – food bank; public services – housing stabilization program
$500,000
Total 2018-19 CDBG Awards
$21,722,337
The California Department of Housing and Community Development is dedicated to the preservation and expansion of safe and affordable housing, so more Californians have a place to call home. Our team works to ensure an adequate supply of housing for Californians and promotes the growth of strong communities through its leadership, policy and program development. For more information, please visit www.hcd.ca.gov and follow us on Twitter, @California_HCD and Facebook, @CaliforniaHCD.