Announcement Public Council Meeting Tuesday Provides Opportunity for Additional Input on AHSC Draft Round 6 Program Guidelines

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The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) today pressed pause on guidelines and Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) for several programs – including the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) – to better align policy goals with forthcoming updates to regulations by two other State Agencies.

In brief, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) and California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) released draft regulations and are now engaging stakeholders for public comment with the goal of adopting regulations before the end of the calendar year.

According to HCD, “we, along with the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), the Business, Consumer Services and Housing (BCSH) agency and the California Department of Finance (DOF) actively engaged during the regulatory processes, working to — where possible — align policy goals across the Administration and the Offices of the Treasurer and Controller and also remove conflicting scoring criteria and definitions.” Read HCD’s full explanation of how TCAC and CDLAC relate to programs including AHSC and how pausing the processes affects various programs and will help streamline processes for project developers.

How does this affect AHSC Round 6?

The California Strategic Growth Council had planned to vote on whether to adopt AHSC Final Draft Round 6 Program Guidelines (Final Draft Guidelines) during its public meeting on November 17. Following adoption of the Guidelines, AHSC would have released the Round 6 AHSC Notice of Funding Availability and opened the application period. Pausing to align with CDLAC/TCAC will change the AHSC Round 6 program timeline in several ways.

While the final timeline is yet to be determined, the following is known at this time:

  1. The Council will not vote on whether to adopt the Final Draft Guidelines during its November 17 meeting. However, the Council will hear a staff presentation on the proposed Guidelines updates, along with comments from interested members of the public. Learn how to attend the remote meeting. We encourage public comment on the Draft Guidelines, and will post a public comment sign-up form on the SGC website by 11:00 a.m. on November 17.
  2. The Council will consider the Guidelines at a future meeting; following adoption, SGC and HCD will release the Round 6 NOFA.
  3. We will adjust the application deadline and the awards date based on the release date of the NOFA.

We will publicly share updates to the AHSC Round 6 timeline and process as they become available. If you have specific questions in the meantime, please email ahsc@sgc.ca.gov.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and participation in AHSC.