Preserving Affordable Homes in Priority Growth Areas

Toolbox Tuesday


Preserving affordable homes for lower income households is critical to avoiding tenant displacement and to stabilize communities amidst development pressure and escalating rents. There is increasing need for local government and other stakeholders to support residents and landlords of housing without affordability restrictions as well as subsidized affordable housing with expiring financing terms for preserving their homes and their affordability.

Preservation strategies are critical within the Priority Growth and Development Areas (PGAs/PDAs) of Connect SoCal’s Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), SCAG’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). These areas include job centers, transit priority areas, neighborhood mobility areas and livable corridors, where accessibility and mobility options support achieving GHG emissions reduction. Preservation of affordable homes and tenant protection in these areas is also key to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), implementing programs of local housing elements and HUD requirements for Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) or Analysis of Impediments (AI).

The California Housing Partnership, Enterprise Community Partners (ECP), Fideicomiso Comunitario Tierra Libre and California Community Land Trust Network are leading preservation efforts. They will describe policies and technical assistance efforts underway and existing, new, and proposed resources for acquisition and preservation of unsubsidized properties and those with expiring use restrictions. SCAG staff will describe data and mapping tools of SCAG’s Regional Development Platform (RDP) which can be used to support these collaborative efforts.

Toolbox Tuesdays provide training on a range of practical skills and knowledge for local planning practitioners including training in the use of technology and education for practical approaches to timely issues. All classes and webinars are COMPLIMENTARY for staff of SCAG-member local governments and other SCAG partners in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. Private sector planners, non-profit staff, academics and students are welcome to attend.


SCAG, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, is committed to providing special accommodations and translation services to those who are interested in participating in the events. We ask that you provide your request for special accommodations or translation services at least 72 hours prior to the event so that SCAG has sufficient time to make arrangements. Please contact