REAP 2.0

Overview

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REAP 2021 was established through AB 140 (July 2021) as part of the mid-year budget revise for the State’s FY 21-22 budget. Approximately $600 million is available statewide to support transformative and innovative projects that implement a region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy and help achieve goals of more housing and transportation options that reduce reliance on cars. With funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the State will allocate $246 million to SCAG, of which an initial allocation of 10 percent of funds are available now, pending approval of SCAG’s early application.

SCAG will use the advance funding to deploy an outreach and engagement strategy and develop programs to disperse these funds throughout the region in support of transformative planning that promotes the core program objectives of REAP 2.0: (1) implementation of the Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS) portion of Connect SoCal; (2) infill housing development; (3) reduction of Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT); and (4) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).   

Note that while the program continues with the REAP name, REAP 2021 has a broader focus of eligible programs and activities than REAP 2019. The REAP 2021 funds have a broader set of objectives and can be spent on both planning and capital projects.  REAP 2021 funds must be obligated by June 2024 and expended by June 2026.  

The REAP 2.0 Draft Program Guidelines were released on March 24, 2022, with comments on the draft due by April 15, 2022. While the program guidelines for REAP 2021 are still being finalized, SCAG has developed a draft framework to guide its program development activities. The Draft Framework 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.  

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  

SCAG’s final program framework and eventual full funding application will be driven by the State’s program guidelines, scheduled to be released from the State Spring 2022, and an extensive stakeholder 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.   

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Public Comment

In advance of full program guidelines and to provide early thinking and direction on SCAG’s REAP 2021 program, staff developed the REAP 2.0 Draft Program Framework. SCAG is seeking stakeholder input on the proposed framework and program activities. 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: 

  1. Review the REAP 2.0 Draft Program Framework
  2. Submit suggestions for revisions, suggestions for programs that should be prioritized, new program suggestions and other considerations that SCAG should consider.