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Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program Round 6 Application Workbook Now Available

Register to attend NOFA workshop webinar


The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in partnership with the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) are pleased to announce the Round 6 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program Application Workbook. This document simplifies the application process by combining the former HCD universal application with the AHSC supplemental application, creating a single Excel workbook.


Applications must be submitted electronically using the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST) system. Hard copy submittals are no longer eligible.

Applications are due June 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.


Register to attend a NOFA workshop webinar

AHSC program staff will host application workshops and consultation webinars over Zoom. The application workshops will offer participants the opportunity to hear an overview of the AHSC Guidelines and any updates that have been developed since the fifth round. Program staff will set aside time at the end of the presentation to answer general Guidelines questions posed by attendees.


March 11, 2021 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Register


March 16, 2021 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Register


Application Consultations

Potential applicants who wish to schedule a time to discuss their projects and the guidelines directly with AHSC Program staff can make a consultation appointment. We encourage prospective applicants who believe they will need additional support to inquire about the AHSC Technical Assistance Program.


Accepting Requests for Technical Assistance

We encourage first-time applicants, applicants based in disadvantaged, low-income, and Tribal communities, and other prospective applicants needing extra support to request technical assistance (TA) through the Survey to Request AHSC Technical Assistance. The AHSC TA Program provides direct application assistance and capacity building services at no cost. The TA Program availability is limited.


AHSC Round 6 timeline

Release of Round 6 AHSC Program Guidelines: January 29, 2021

7-Day Public Comment Period: January 29 - February 5, 2021

Final Draft Round 6 Guidelines Posted: February 12, 2021

Final Guidelines Adoption: February 24, 2021

NOFA Release: February 26, 2021

Release of the Round 6 AHSC Application Workbook: March 2021

Application Workshops via Webinar: March 11 and 16, 2021

Application Consultations: March 15, 16, and 17, 2021

Application Due Date: June 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Round 6 Awards Adopted by Council: October 28, 2021


For more information please visit the AHSC webpage.


Background: The AHSC program builds healthier communities and protects the environment by increasing the supply of affordable places to live near key destinations like schools, stores, childcare, transit, and other daily needs. Many AHSC projects include affordable housing and transportation improvements that encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use resulting in fewer passenger vehicle miles traveled.


The decrease in vehicle miles traveled will achieve greenhouse gas reductions and benefit disadvantaged communities throughout California.


AHSC is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment - particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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