Senator Patricia Bates Announces State Grants for South OC Cities to Create Housing

Monday, August 10, 2020

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grants to the cities of San Clemente ($300,000) and Rancho Santa Margarita ($150,000) to help create more housing supply.

“As I work to ensure every community gets its fair share of state resources, I am pleased to see San Clemente and Rancho Santa Margarita receive funding to encourage more housing production,” said Senator Bates, a member of the Senate Housing Committee. “The LEAP grants will help lay the foundation needed to provide for a community’s housing needs.”

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.

San Clemente and Rancho Santa Margarita will use their grants to update their “Housing Element” documents. A Housing Element provides an analysis of community housing needs for all income levels, and strategies to provide for those needs.

The LEAP grants are in addition to SB 2 (2017) planning grants that Senator Bates announced earlier this year. On January 6, she announced grants for Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, and Rancho Santa Margarita. On February 20, she announced grants for San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.