REAP 2.0

Overview

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The REAP 2.0 program is a flexible program that seeks to accelerate progress towards state housing goals and climate commitments through a strengthened partnership between the state, its regions, and local entities. REAP 2.0 seeks to accelerate infill housing development, reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), increase housing supply at all affordability levels, affirmatively further fair housing, and facilitate the implementation of adopted regional and local plans to achieve these goals.

The program was established as part of the 2021 California Comeback Plan under AB 140 and builds on the success of  REAP 2019, but expands the program focus by integrating housing and climate goals, and allowing for broader planning and implementation investments, including infrastructure investments that support infill development that facilitates housing supply, choice, and affordability. 

Through the REAP 2.0 program, approximately $600 million will be made available statewide to the following objectives in ways that lead to transformative policy outcomes and accelerate the implementation of regional and local plans that achieve the state priority planning goals.

The REAP 2.0 Program Objectives are as follows:

  • Accelerate infill development that facilitates housing supply, choice, and affordability;
  • Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH); and
  • Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).

Funding and Timeline

SCAG’s full funding application will be driven by the state’s program guidelines, released from the State in July 2022, and an extensive engagement process.  Throughout 2022 SCAG will be conducting outreach to a broad array of stakeholders to identify programs and partners and develop the complete REAP 2021 application, due to the State by December 2022.

The Southern California region is set to receive approximately $246 million in grant funds through REAP 2.0, which will be administered by SCAG with suballocations made available to eligible entities through three programmatic funding areas. 

Programmatic Funding Areas

To guide its program development activities SCAG developed a framework document that includes a set of core objectives that are aligned with the REAP 2021 priorities, the Connect SoCal Implementation Strategy and the SCAG Executive Administration Committee (EAC) Strategic Work Plan. The Framework was approved by SCAG’s Regional Council in July.

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Core Objectives

  • Support transformative planning and implementation activities that realize Connect SoCal objectives
  • Leverage and augment the Connect SoCal Implementation Strategy to support activities that can be implemented quickly and in line with community-driven, pandemic recovery priorities
  • Build regional capacity to deliver housing that realizes 6th cycle RHNA goals
  • Represent best practices in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction
  • Demonstrate consistency with SCAG’s adopted Racial Equity Early Action Plan
  • Promote infill development in Connect SoCal identified Priority Growth Areas
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CTC Partnership

SCAG has developed a new partnership program with the region’s six County Transportation Commissions, to fund the development of plans, programs, pilot projects, and certain signature GHG/VMT reducing capital projects with a strong nexus to housing, consistent with the goals and objectives of REAP 2.0. The CTC Partnership Program will provide immediate benefit to the region by supporting transformative planning activities aligned with Key Connection strategies identified in Connect SoCal, which can be implemented quickly to advance new concepts for reducing VMT while simultaneously achieving other program goals for REAP 2.0.

Key Connections focus on advancing expanded mobility ecosystems and management strategies using innovative policy and/or technology to realize regional planning goals, and account for 30% of the GHG reduction needed to meet SCAG’s SB 375 requirements.

All activities will be evaluated for eligibility under REAP 2.0 funding sources, including geographic considerations, and conformity to funding restrictions prior to full program development.

Submit Public Comment

SCAG is seeking input on the REAP 2.0 County Transportation Commission Partnership Program Guidelineslines. All stakeholders who live or work in the SCAG 6-County region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties) are encouraged to:  

  • Review the Draft Guidelines
  • Submit feedback on the draft guidelines as presented, including any changes proposed. All feedback received will be considered.  

The public comment period will open the week of Sept. 21, 2022, and close at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2022.  All written comments should be sent, as an email or attachment to an email, to: 

Alisha James  
Community Engagement Specialist
james@scag.ca.gov 
(213) 236-1884

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Early Program Initiatives

SCAG will expand certain existing programs in the Connect SoCal Implementation Strategy to offer additional support to cities in implementing Connect SoCal.

Sustainable Communities Program (SCP): The Call for Projects provides resources to local jurisdictions to conduct GHG/VMT reducing planning activities and demonstration projects with a nexus to housing production in local jurisdictions throughout the SCAG region. SCAG is seeking to implement Call #4, the Call for Equity, Civic Engagement and Environmental Justice focused on under-resourced communities.  

Go Human: SCAG is seeking to expand local resources and toolkits to help cities, counties and communities-based organizations promote safe walking and biking.

Regional Data Platform (RDP): Local general plans provide the legal underpinning for land use decisions and set the vision about how a community will grow, reflecting community priorities and values while shaping the future. SCAG’s RDP provides data and planning templates and tools to help local jurisdictions update and align various elements of their general plans to advance sustainable planning at the local and regional level, and to meet their 6th Cycle RHNA goals. SCAG seeks to partner with subregional agencies and other partners to expand support and training for local jurisdictions to use the RDP as well as provide additional features and functions to help further align local efforts with regional goals through performance dashboarding features.

Sub-regional Partnership Program 2.0 (SRP2.0): SCAG will work with the subregional partners to develop a Subregional Partnership Program (SRP) similar to the subregional partnership program developed under REAP 1 but based on REAP 2 goals and objectives. Engagement efforts will focus on identifying those subregional partners interested in pursuing additional planning projects and will focus program funding on activities that are REAP 2 eligible and support cities and counties to implement the programs identified in the 6th Cycle Housing Elements.

SRP 2.0 Draft Guidelines: On July 7, 2022, the Community, Economic, and Human Development Committee reviewed the draft Subregional Partnership Program Guidelines and recommended that the Regional Council adopt the guidelines. The Regional Council is set to consider the guidelines at its September 1, 2022 meeting.

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Partnerships to Affirmatively Transform Homes (PATH)

Please note that the Housing Supportive Infrastructure Program (HSIP) has been renamed to Programs to Accelerate Transformative Housing (PATH). The program’s objectives and main priority areas remain the same.

The Programs to Accelerate Transformative Housing (PATH) in the REAP 2.0 Program Framework builds on concepts put forward in the Key Connections 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.

SCAG is seeking input on the newly released draft REAP 2.0 PATH Guidelines. The PATH is one of the programmatic areas identified in SCAG’s REAP 2.0 Program Framework. As envisioned, the PATH program will provide grant funding through a competitive evaluation process for projects with transformative and significant beneficial impacts accelerating infill development that facilitates housing supply, choice, and affordability; affirmatively furthering fair housing; and reducing vehicle miles traveled.

Draft REAP 2.0 PATH Guidelines


Please Join Us To Learn More & Share Input

SCAG will host two virtual information sessions for attendees to learn about the draft program guidelines that are proposed including: working descriptions for eligible applicants, project categories and eligible uses, application schedule and process, evaluation criteria, and contracting and reporting requirements including possible metrics that could be used to measure impact. Following the presentation on the proposed guidelines there will be an opportunity to provide input on the draft program guidelines. Participants will also be encouraged to review and submit public comments following the session.

Session 1 | Wednesday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Session 2 | Wednesday, October 5, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. VIEW PRESENTATION

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Submit Public Comment

SCAG is seeking input on the REAP 2.0 PATH Guidelines. All stakeholders who live or work in the SCAG 6-County region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties) are encouraged to:

  • Review the Draft Guidelines.
  • Submit feedback on the draft guidelines as presented, including any changes proposed. All feedback received will be considered.

The public comment period will open the week of September 26, 2022, and close at 5:00 p.m. on October 17, 2022.

The tentative review schedule includes the following meetings:

  • November 3, 2022 – The Community, Economic, and Human Development Committee (CEHD) is set to review and consider a recommendation to the Regional Council to adopt the draft guidelines.
  • November 30, 2022 – The Executive/Administration Committee (EAC) is set to review and consider adopting the program guidelines, along with the full state application for REAP 2.0 funding.

All written comments should be sent, as an email or attachment to an email, to:

Jacob Noonan
REAP 2.0 Housing Program Manager
noonan@scag.ca.gov

If you are unable to provide written comments by email, please contact Jacob Noonan at (213) 236-1472 for additional options to provide input on the draft guidelines.

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Subregional Partnership Program 2.0

The Subregional Partnership (SRP) 2.0 program will allocate $23 million on a non-competitive basis to subregional councils of governments (COGs) for REAP 2.0 eligible activities supporting cities and counties to implement projects and programs identified in their draft and/or final compliant Housing Element work plans.

The SRP 2.0 program focuses on implementation of the region’s housing elements as a means of investing in actions to accelerate infill development that facilities housing supply, choice, and affordability, affirmatively furthers fair housing and reduces vehicle miles traveled across the region. Additionally, the focus on Housing Element implementation recognizes these documents represent the local plans for realizing the RHNA and housing goals, and that it is SCAG’s intent to support locally identified and approved planning tools and programs.

Eligible applicants for Subregional Partnership Program funding are limited to agencies designated as subregions under this program. While most of SCAG’s fifteen defined subregional entities are considered as subregions for this program, several jurisdictions have membership in more than one subregion. Additionally, several jurisdictions span more than one subregion. For these reasons, the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, and County of Riverside are considered as individual subregional partners under this program. (See the SRP 2.0 Program Guidelines Attachments for a complete list of eligible subregional partners).

To participate in the program, a subregional partner must submit a notice of intent to apply for funding by 5:00 p.m. October 14, 2022.

If a subregional partner elects not to participate by not filing a notice, or if any subregional partnership funds remain unencumbered after the application deadline, these funds will be made available for projects in that subregion through the Housing Supportive Infrastructure Program.

Once the application period opens, applications will be reviewed by SCAG staff on an ongoing basis and will be assessed on eligibility, nexus to the REAP 2.0 program objectives and guidelines and SCAG regional priorities. The application period will close at 11:59 p.m. on February 10, 2023, unless extended.

On September 1, 2022 SCAG Regional Council approved the REAP 2021 Subregional Partnership 2.0 Program Guidelines, subject to the State’s approval

SRP 2.0 Program - Guidelines

SRP 2.0 Program - Intent to Apply for Funding Form