Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grants to the cities of Dana Point ($150,000) and Mission Viejo ($300,000) to help create more housing supply.
“My thanks go to the Department of Housing and Community Development for awarding grants to Dana Point and Mission Viejo,” said Senator Bates, a member of the Senate Housing Committee. “I will continue to make sure our region receives its share of funding from state programs.”
Funding for the grants comes from the 2019-20 state budget, which allocated $250 million to help prioritize planning activities that accelerate housing production. HCD established LEAP with $119 million in one-time grant funding for cities and counties.
Dana Point will use its grant to update its “Housing Element” document. A Housing Element provides an analysis of community housing needs for all income levels, and strategies to provide for those needs. Mission Viejo will use its grant to purchase a new land management permitting system.
Senator Bates previously announced LEAP grants for Aliso Viejo, Encinitas, Laguna Niguel, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and Rancho Santa Margarita. The LEAP grants are in addition to SB 2 (2017) planning grants that she announced for Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.