Housing Acceleration Grant Program
The Housing Acceleration Program (HAP) Grant is an innovative program developed by SANDAG that aims to help local jurisdictions build their capacity to produce more housing and better integrate it into their communities.
The goal of HAP is to develop and adopt policies and process improvements that accelerate housing production, facilitate implementation of the 6th Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Cycle, implement the Regional Plan Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), and build local jurisdictions’ capacity to compete for funding statewide through the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Prohousing Designation Program.
Using state Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) funds, the HAP will provide grants to local jurisdictions to fund planning projects related to the acceleration of housing production within smart growth or mobility hub planning areas. HAP grants are versatile and can be used to fund a variety of planning activities, such as staff augmentation, density bonus ordinances, housing plan element updates, anti-displacement strategies, objective design standards, and more. The program offers resources to assist local jurisdictions in meeting RHNA goals, achieve housing element compliance, pursue HCD’s prohousing designation, and support the SANDAG Regional Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategies goals. In March 2022, the Board of Directors approved funding for seven planning projects under the initial HAP Cycle 1 call for projects.