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Technical Assistance for Disadvantaged Communities Seeking Grant Funding: A Case Study of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program
by Bernstein, Autumn Rachel, M.S., University of California, Davis, 2017, 56; 10681478
Abstract (Summary)

Disadvantaged communities in California and across the US encounter unique barriers to attracting competitive funding for affordable housing, economic development, sustainability initiatives and other needs. This paper examines an effort underway in California to overcome these barriers by providing subsidized technical assistance to disadvantaged communities that apply for certain cap and trade-funded grant programs. Specifically, we evaluate the effectiveness of California’s technical assistance (TA) pilot run by the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) for the Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Grant Program. We find that applicants who received comprehensive technical assistance, such as the services provided by the SGC TA pilot, enjoyed a strong competitive advantage over those who do not receive assistance. We also find evidence that projects aimed at serving disadvantaged communities see greater benefits from technical assistance than projects in more affluent communities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Niemeier, Deb A.
Commitee: Arnold, Gwen, Handy, Susan L.
School: University of California, Davis
Department: Transportation Technology and Policy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public policy, Transportation, Urban planning
Keywords: Affordable housing, Disadvantaged communities, Grant funding, Sustainable communities, Technical assistance, Vmt
Publication Number: 10681478
ISBN: 978-0-355-76396-6
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