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

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.  

SCAG’s full funding application, submitted to the State in December 2022, is driven by the state’s program guidelines and an extensive engagement process.   

Upon the approval of SCAG’s full application from the State, SCAG will return to the Executive Administration Committee to authorize acceptance of the full REAP 2.0 funds. Calls for Applications will be released in early 2023 to initiate sub-allocations across the three REAP 2.0 programs following application approval.  

Programmatic Funding Areas

SCAG’s framework document 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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Transportation Partnership Programs

The Transportation Partnership Programs (TPP) is comprised of two complementary programs – the County Transportation Commission (CTC) Partnership Program and the Regional Pilot Initiatives (RPI) Partnership Program. The CTC Partnership and RPI Programs target investments towards critical infrastructure that improve mobility, quality of life, and economic potential for the 19 million people who call this region home and the 3.7 million new residents projected by 2045.

CTC Partnership Program

Consistent with the goals and objectives of REAP 2.0, SCAG developed the CTC 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. 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.

On November 3, 2022, after incorporating the feedback received during the 22-day public comment period, the CTC Partnership Program Guidelines were approved by the Transportation Committee and Regional Council. SCAG will open the CTC Partnership Program Call for Projects pending approval of SCAG’s final REAP 2.0 application by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). All activities will be evaluated for REAP 2.0 eligibility.

Regional Pilot Initiatives Program

The RPI Partnership Program is focused on demonstrating innovative, next generation technologies and models of regional significance, specifically those with the potential to change transportation and housing paradigms towards building more sustainable communities.

RPI projects will be managed by SCAG with participation from local partners. SCAG envisions RPI projects to build on existing studies and plans developed by SCAG. Early concepts under consideration include, but are not limited to, mobility hubs, dedicated transit lanes, mobility wallets, universal basic mobility, applied research using big data, and VMT mitigation banks.

SCAG will post additional information about the program as it evolves.

To learn more about the Transportation Partnership Programs, please email:

Kate Kigongo
Manager, Partnerships for Innovative Deployment
kigongo@scag.ca.gov

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Programs to Accelerate Transformative Housing (PATH)

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.

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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).

Once the application period opens in early 2023, 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 Sept. 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

To learn more about the SRP 2.0 Program, please email: 
Jacob Noonan  
REAP 2.0 Housing Program Manager  
noonan@scag.ca.gov   

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Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) Call for Projects

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) announces the Connect SoCal Sustainable Communities Program Call for Applications focused on Civic Engagement, Equity, and Environmental Justice (SCP CEEEJ). SCP CEEEJ is a competitive Call for Applications, with an estimated budget of $5 million available through two funding sources, with $3 million available through REAP 2.0 resources and $2 million through Senate Bill 1 (SB1) resources.  

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Decision Making Tools

REAP 2.0 supports expansion of SCAG’s Decision-Making Tools and Technical Assistance, building on the success of the Regional Data Platform to offer added resources to support local planning and opportunities to access big data for planning and performance monitoring related to program objectives. 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.