SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – At its February 25, 2021 meeting, the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) Board approved the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) program.
This historic program will be the first-ever regional funding for planning activities related to housing. SJCOG will receive an initial allocation of $845,097 in funds, which will be used by SJCOG and local agencies for housing planning purposes. A second REAP allocation of $1.5M is expected soon after, by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
"In a time when many face housing uncertainties, I’m excited to be receiving these funds in our region,” SJCOG Board Chair and Stockton City Councilmember Sol Jobrack said. “We are grateful and any funds we receive from the State go a long way in helping us meet our community needs.”
REAP funds will help advance Regional Housing Priorities adopted by the SJCOG Board in September of 2020, which include establishing a regional housing trust fund, streamlining the development process, improving regional planning and coordination, and supporting local jurisdictions that may have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Read the full press release here.