SJCOG was allocated approximately $2.4 million in REAP funds for regional and local housing planning activities to accelerate housing production and facilitate compliance in implementing the sixth cycle of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation. This is a historic program that allocated the first-ever regional funding for planning activities related to housing, which has been utilized by SJCOG and local agencies for housing planning purposes, as well as to advance regional housing priorities.
In the 2019-20 Budget Act, Governor Newsom allocated $250 million for all regions, cities, and counties to do their part by prioritizing planning activities that accelerate housing production to meet identified needs of every community. With this allocation, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) established the Regional Early Action Planning Grant Program (REAP) with $125 million to regions. REAP provides one-time grant funding to regional governments and working groups. The San Joaquin Valley Regional Early Action Planning Committee for Housing (Committee), comprised of the eight Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs), is one of the working groups identified in the statute.