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Green Building Link Icon  California Center for Land Recycling (CCLR) and the California Environmental Redevelopment Fund (CERF)

The CCLR and CERF offer funding for brownfield site assessments. Created by the Office of the State Treasurer, this new program provides low-interest, forgivable loans of up to $125,000 for brownfield site assessment and characterization, technical assistance, and remedial action planning. CERF and CCLR have been awarded the statewide contract to administer the program, known as the California Recycle Underutilized Sites (Cal ReUSE).

Green Building Link Icon  California Community Reinvestment Corporation

CCRC is a nonprofit multi-bank lending consortium founded in 1989 to respond to the statewide shortage of affordable housing. CCRC has provided over $200 million in mortgages to developers of housing servicing low income families and seniors throughout the state. CCRC provides both long-term mortgage and bond financing for new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation as well as direct equity investment funds to acquire housing at risk of going to market rate rents.

Green Building Link Icon  California Department of Housing and Community Development

HCD administers more than 20 programs awarding loans and grants to local public agencies, private nonprofit and for-profit housing developers, and service providers. HCD also provides a clearinghouse for affordable housing and community finance resources.

Green Building Link Icon  California Housing Finance Agency

CalHFA supports the needs of renters and first-time homebuyers by providing financing and programs that create safe, decent and affordable housing opportunities for individuals within specified income ranges. As the State's affordable housing bank, CalHFA makes below market-rate loans through the sale of tax-exempt bonds. A completely self-supporting State agency, bonds are repaid by revenues generated through mortgage loans.

Green Building Link Icon  California Integrated Waste Management Boards Sustainable Building Program

CIWMB periodically offerings grant opportunities to assist in the advancement and use of green building design and construction practices and techniques in California. All cities, counties, local government and state agencies, in California, are eligible to apply for funding. Check periodically for information about the next round of grant solicitations

Green Building Link Icon  California Reinvestment Committee

CRC is a coalition of over 200 nonprofit and public agencies that advocates for increased access to credit on behalf of California's low-income communities.

Green Building Link Icon  Enterprise Foundation

Enterprise Foundation works with partners to provide low-income people with affordable housing, safer streets and access to jobs and child care. The Foundation is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by Jim and Patty Rouse

Green Building Link Icon  EPAs Environmental Economics page

This page lists various grants and financial assistance programs.

Green Building Link Icon  Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco helps meet the borrowing needs of communities by providing wholesale credit products and services to member financial institutions.

Green Building Link Icon  Home Depot Grant Program
Home Depot's Grant Program has granted millions of dollars to support a variety of environmentally focused, non-profit organizations throughout communities in the United States, Canada, Chile and soon Argentina. Affordable housing is among Home Depot's funding priorities.

Green Building Link Icon  Local Initiatives Support Corporations

LISC provides funding sources for affordable housing

Green Building Link Icon  Oakland affordable housing grants and loans

City of Oakland affordable housing funds come from both local and federal sources. These funds are distributed through the programs listed on this page.

Green Building Link Icon  Partnership for Advanced Technology in Housing

PATH offers funding sources for affordable housing.

Green Building PDF Icon Proposition 46 (.pdf)

Overview of funding criteria for California affordable housing

Green Building Link Icon  Smart Communities Network

Smart Communities Network's section on Financing introduces strategies and resources for mobilizing capital toward sustainabilty projects. The Financial Strategies subsection outlines grant programs and information, taxes and fees, voluntary programs, bonds, and loans. The remaining subsections provide links to resources for financing projects in the primary focal areas of community sustainability.