Programs to Accelerate Transformative Housing (PATH)

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The Programs to Accelerate Transformative Housing (PATH) in the REAP 2.0 Program Framework builds on concepts put forward in the Housing Supportive Infrastructure Key Connection in Connect SoCal 2020, as well as current work funded through the REAP 1.0 program, the Local Early Action Planning Grant Program and Senate Bill 2.

As envisioned, the PATH program will support transformative and significant beneficial actions accelerating infill development that facilitates housing supply, choice and affordability; affirmatively furthering fair housing; and reducing vehicle miles traveled through a Notice of Funds Available and two pilot programs designed to bring housing production to scale across the Southern California region to meet the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment. The three PATH programs are:

  • Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for Lasting Affordability: Funding for innovative housing finance, trust funds, catalyst funds and new permanent funding sources.
  • Regional Utilities Supporting Housing (RUSH) Pilot Program: Non-transportation utilities infrastructure planning and improvements.
  • Housing Infill on Public and Private Lands (HIPP) Pilot Program: Scaling up development of available land, large corridor-wide or area-wide infill housing policies and initiatives.

The RUSH, HIPP and Lasting Affordability program Calls for Applications were released in spring 2023 and are now closed.

Regional Utilities Supporting Housing

Regional Utilities Supporting Housing (RUSH) Pilot Program is a $35 million dollar competitive call for applications, focused on investments in utility infrastructure planning and capital improvements that will support jurisdictions in meeting the housing production goals defined in the 6th cycle RHNA, housing elements and REAP 2.0 Program objectives. On Jan. 4, 2024, SCAG’s Regional Council approved funding recommendations for 12 projects to receive a total of $35 million. Project awards are supportive of capital and infrastructure planning projects. 

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Planning Projects 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY 
  • City of Santa Fe Springs. New Downtown Residential Infrastructure Study and Plans ($800,000) 
  • City of Torrance. Torrance Housing Corridor Utility Infrastructure Study ($100,000) 
RIVERSIDE COUNTY 
  • City of Desert Hot Springs. Downtown and Palm Dr. Corridor Infill Development Sewer Area Study ($500,000) 
  • County of Riverside. Cabazon Infrastructure Plan ($997,500) 
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY 
  • City of Upland. City of Upland Affordable Housing Utilities Planning ($303,500) 

Capital Projects

IMPERIAL COUNTY 
  • City of Calipatria. City of Calipatria Delta Street Pump Station ($1,500,000) 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY 
  • Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. One San Pedro Redevelopment Infrastructure ($4,000,000)  
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Project Powerhouse. Supporting Affordable Housing Development in the City of Los Angeles ($3,682,203) 
RIVERSIDE COUNTY 
  • Soboba Luiseño Indian Tribe. Stormwater Drainage Project. ($6,108,797)  
  • City of Palm Desert. Flood Control Infrastructure for Housing Need ($8,000,000) 
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY 
  • San Bernardino County. Bloomington Sewer Extension ($6,508,000)  
  • City of Rialto.  Water Supply Well City 3A for Regional Housing Project ($2,500,000)

RUSH Industry Forum

On April 28, 2023, SCAG hosted the RUSH Industry Forum, in partnership with PlaceWorks and the Urban Land Institute of Los Angeles. The RUSH Industry Forum brought together thought leaders from Southern California and across the country for recommendations to implement the basic utility infrastructure needed for housing: water, wastewater, stormwater management and electricity.

Interested stakeholders working to advance utility and housing production attended the event. The outcomes of the RUSH Industry Forum helped guide the delivery of the RUSH Pilot Program.

Click here to download the RUSH Industry Forum Panel Recommendations PowerPoint.

Click here to view a recording of the keynote and presentation by the expert panelists. 

RUSH Industry Forum Final Report 

Lasting Affordability Program

The Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) 2.0 Call for Applications for the Notice of Funds Available for Lasting Affordability Program was a competitive Call for Applications, with an estimated budget of $45 million available.    

On Nov. 2, 2023, SCAG’s Regional Council approved funding recommendations for 14 projects to receive a total of $45 million. Project awards are supportive of innovative finance strategies for projects support existing and establishing new housing trusts, land trusts and catalyst funds. 

Award Recipients

LOS ANGELES COUNTY  
  • Gateway Cities Affordable Housing Trust. Gateway Cities Pre-Development Loan Fund ($5,000,000)  
  • San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust. San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust Revolving Loan Fund ($5,000,000)  
  • Century Affordable Development, Inc. Catalytic Development Fund ($5,000,000)  
  • Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority. Environmental Remediation Housing Acceleration Fund ($5,000,000)  
  • Housing on Merit. HOM’s Affordable Housing Catalyst Fund ($700,000)  
  • Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency (LACAHSA) LACAHSA Strategic Plan and Program Design ($660,000)  
  • City of West Hollywood. Feasibility Study for Community Land Trust Creation within the City of West Hollywood ($150,000) 
  • City of Montebello. Montebello Transformative Corridors Project ($200,000)  
ORANGE COUNTY 
  • Orange County Housing Finance Trust. Affordable ADU Loan Program ($4,000,000)  
RIVERSIDE COUNTY  
  • City of Murrieta Housing Authority. Murrieta Housing Authority Revolving Loan Program ($4,100,000)  
  • City of Desert Hot Springs. Downtown Infill Tax Increment Financing Program for Housing Supportive Infrastructure (190,000)  
  • Lift to Rise. We Lift: the Coachella Valley Housing Catalyst Fund ($5,000,000)  
SAN BERNADINO COUNTY  
  • San Bernardino Council of Governments. San Bernardino Regional Housing Trust ($5,000,000)  
VENTURA COUNTY  
  • Housing Trust Fund/Land Trust of Ventura County. Ventura County Housing Trust Fund Revolving Long-Term Loan Program for Infill Affordable Housing Developments Project ($5,000,000) 

Housing Infill on Public and Private Lands

The Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) 2.0 Call for Applications for the Housing Infill on Public and Private Lands (HIPP) Pilot Program was a competitive Call for Applications, with an estimated budget of $8 million available through REAP 2.0.   

This call provides consultant assistance for projects focused on:   

  • Assessing available infill public-owned and private-owned lands for affordable and mixed-income housing and neighborhood serving uses, and  
  • Land use regulatory initiatives for increasing residential development capacity in corridor-wide and area-wide infill areas based in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

On Oct. 5, 2023, SCAG’s Regional Council approved funding recommendations for 11 projects to receive a total of $8 million. 

Award Recipients

Los Angeles County 
  • City of San Fernando.  San Fernando Housing Infill ($791,818) 
  • City of Los Angeles. Scaling up Housing Development on City-Owned Land ($2,900,000) 
  • City of Culver City. Fox Hills Specific Plan Update ($505,000) 
  • City of Long Beach. Inclusionary Housing Program ($250,000)  
  • City of South Pasadena. Missing Middle Housing Program ($57,000) 
Riverside County 
  • City of Riverside. Missing Middle Prototype Plans for Infill Housing Sites ($500,000) 
San Bernadino County 
  • SBCTA/SBCOG. Public Land-to-Residential Project–Inventory, Analysis & Toolkit for Workforce and Teacher Housing ($720,000) 
  • City of Rialto. Catalytic Housing Initiative for Downtown Rialto ($193,875) 
Ventura County 
  • County of Ventura. Public Land Affordable Housing Development Pipeline ($765,500)  
  • City of Moorpark. Downtown Specific Plan ($250,000) 
  • City of Oxnard. TOD/HQTC Program ($1,075,807)