July 13, 2006 at 13:00 PM EDT
The Department of Housing and Community Development Awards $9.7 Million in Proposition 46 Funding to Create Housing Opportunities for the Central Valley

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Director Lynn L. Jacobs today was joined by Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak in announcing over $9.7 million in Proposition 46 funds to the Central Valley. The awards were distributed to provide housing opportunities for 1,440 of California's hardworking families and neediest residents. Proposition 46 is the $2.1 billion housing bond approved by voters in November 2002.

"When I became Governor, I ordered that Proposition 46 funding be expedited so homes and shelters could be built more quickly," said Gov. Schwarzenegger. "I am also proud to announce the first award of funds from my Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness. The award is given to a project in the city of Santa Cruz dedicated to helping chronically homeless individuals receive the shelter and services they need to regain a healthy and productive life." The Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness offers $40 million to assist homeless individuals and families transition to permanent, stable housing and lives.

"Gov. Schwarzenegger is committed to making affordable housing a reality for hardworking Californians and our neediest residents," said Secretary McPeak. "Today's awards will help 1,440 families or individuals achieve that dream while supporting local economies through construction related activities."

Awards were made through the following HCD programs:

-- $5.7 million is awarded through the Workforce Housing Reward Program, which provides financial incentives to cities and counties for issuance of building permits for 1,304 new homes affordable to lower income households.

-- $1.4 million through the CalHome Building Equity and Growth in Neighborhoods Program (BEGIN), which makes grants to cities and counties that have reduced regulatory barriers to the construction of new, affordable ownership housing. Barriers can include such constraints as minimum lot or floor area sizes that make housing more expensive. The grants are for down payment assistance loans to low- and moderate-income first-time buyers of 47 homes in BEGIN projects.

-- $2 million through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program - Capital Development Component, which awards funds capital development activities for emergency shelters, transitional housing and safe havens that provide shelter and supportive services for homeless individuals and families with 62 shelter spaces.

-- $100,000 through the CalHome Self-Help Technical Assistance Allocation (CHSHTAA), which awards funds for activities such as construction supervision and training, site and house plan selection, homeownership training and help with building permits and inspections for the development of 7 homes for low or very low income households using the hands-on self-help method of building their own homes.

-- $500,000 in commitments through the Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program, which offers loans and grants for construction and rehabilitation of affordable owner-occupied and rental apartment homes for farm workers and their families. These funds will help 20 farm worker families secure affordable housing. Activities funded include land acquisition, site development, construction and rehabilitation.

"The awards announced today will help local communities remove regulatory barriers and increase homeownership," said Director Jacobs. "They will also provide California's essential workforce and their families the safe and affordable housing they urgently need to live and work in their communities."

HCD provides leadership, policies and programs to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians. The Department also supports increasing the supply of housing, especially affordable housing, and works to improve the state's housing conditions and the health and safety of its residents. As the lead housing department, HCD is part of the state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

For further information, please contact: jhuston@hcd.ca.gov.


       CalHome Building Equity & Growth in Neighborhoods (BEGIN)
           Total Funds Awarded in the Central Valley Region

Project  Project                                      Total
County   City      Project Name     Sponsor - Name   Amount of   Total
                                                      Awards     Homes
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         Orange    Joe Serna Farm   City of Orange
Fresno   Cove      Worker - Orange  Cove
                   Cove                              $1,410,000     47
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                                              Total  $1,410,000     47
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                   Workforce Housing Reward Program
           Total Funds Awarded in the Central Valley Region

                                                             Total
Project County   Project Jurisdiction  Total Award Amount  Affordable
                                                             Units
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Fresno           Clovis                     $4,598             1
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Fresno           Fresno                    $715,000           231
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Fresno           Fresno County             $252,464           38
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Fresno           Mendota                  $1,004,727          160
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Kern             Bakersfield               $598,126           117
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Kern             Taft                       $26,765            4
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Kern             Wasco                     $423,555           66
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Kings            Corcoran                  $260,000           80
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Kings            Hanford                    $24,350            5
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Madera           Madera                    $300,635           75
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Merced           Merced                    $692,261           111
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Stanislaus       Turlock                    $57,000           43
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Tulare           Farmersville               $15,000            4
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Tulare           Lindsay                   $428,913           103
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Tulare           Porterville               $151,000           38
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Tulare           Tulare                    $179,000           82
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Tulare           Tulare County             $560,946           146
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                 Total                    $5,694,340         1,304
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      Emergency Housing Assistance Program - Capital Development
           Total Funds Awarded in the Central Valley Region

Project County  Project City     Sponsor - Name   Total Award  Shelter
                                                    Amount     Spaces
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    Madera         Madera        Madera Rescue
                                 Mission, Inc.     $1,000,000      32
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  Stanislaus       Modesto     The Salvation Army  $1,000,000      30
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                              Total                $2,000,000      62
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                            CalHome Program
           Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Allocation
           Total Funds Awarded in the Central Valley Region

Project   Project  Project                           Total
 County    City     Name      Sponsor - Name        Amount of  Total
                                                     Awards    Homes
======================================================================
Fresno    Fresno              Habitat for Humanity
                              Fresno, Inc.           $100,000    7
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                   Total                             $100,000    7
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            Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program
           Total Funds Awarded in the Central Valley Region

Project Project                                        Total    Total
County  City    Project Name         Sponsor - Name   Amount of Homes
                                                       Awards
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Multi-  Multi-  Scattered Sites      Self-Help
County  City    2006                 Enterprises      $500,000    20
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                                     Total            $500,000    20
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                                           Total              Total
                                Total All Shelter  Incentive Dormitory
                                  Homes    Space     Units    Spaces
======================================================================
Grand Total Awarded to
the Central Valley
Region                $9,704,340    74       62      1,304       0
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