8.5. Environmental Justice Community Resilience Hubs Program
2845. For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Administrator” means an administrator of the competitive grants awarded pursuant to Section 2847.
(b) “Area median income” means area median income as published by the Department of Housing and Community Development pursuant to Section 50093 of the Health and Safety Code.
(c) “CARE program” means the California Alternate Rates for Energy program established pursuant to Section 739.1.
(d) “Critical community institutions” mean institutions necessary for providing vital community and individual functions,
including, but not limited to, schools, town halls, hospitals, health clinics, community centers, community nonprofit facilities providing essential services, libraries, homeless shelters, senior and youth centers, childcare facilities, food banks, parks and recreation sites, places of worship, community development corporations, and community land trusts.
(e) “Disadvantaged community” means a community identified pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code.
(f) “Eligible entity” means a critical community institution or qualified housing.
(g) “Just cause” has the same meaning as defined in either paragraph (1) of, or subparagraph (C) of paragraph (2) of, subdivision (b) of Section 1946.2 of the Civil Code.
(h) “Low-income residential
housing” has the same meaning as defined in Section 2852.
(i) “Program” means the Environmental Justice Community Resilience Hubs Program created pursuant to Section 2846.
(j) “Qualified housing” means either of the following:
(1) Low-income residential housing.
(2) A multifamily residential building of at least five rental housing units and meets one or more of the following requirements:
(A) The property provides low-income residential housing.
(B) The property is located in a disadvantaged community.
(C) At least 80 percent of the property’s households have
incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income.
(k) “Vulnerable community” has the same meaning as defined in Section 71340 of the Public Resources Code.
2846. The Environmental Justice Community Resilience Hubs Program is hereby created, with the features and requirements described in this chapter.
2847. (a) (1) Upon the allocation of revenues pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 748.5, an electrical corporation shall cause those moneys to be awarded as competitive grants to owners of eligible entities for holistic community-driven building upgrade projects that demonstrate community engagement in all phases, demonstrate multistakeholder partnerships, reflect the geographic diversity of the state, and are installed at eligible entities.
(2) An electrical corporation, or third-party administrator, may accept additional moneys from other sources for purpose of funding the competitive grants.
(b) (1) The commission shall determine whether
each electrical corporation or a third party, including the Energy Commission, will administer the competitive grants awarded pursuant to this section.
(2) Not more than 10 percent of the funds allocated pursuant to this section shall be used for administration, technical assistance, and outreach.
(3) The administrator shall provide technical assistance to customers applying for the competitive grants and, to the extent possible, customers applying for other public benefit programs relating to energy, including those specified in Section 2848.
(4) The administrator shall consult with the commission pursuant to Section 2848 and implement, to the extent possible, the guidance, technical assistance, and streamlined processes made available through Section 2848.
(5) The administrator shall, to the extent possible, ensure that the competitive grants are awarded throughout the applicable electrical corporation’s service territory and within underfunded areas.
(c) For a holistic community-driven building upgrade project installed at qualified housing, the commission shall require that the electricity generated by the project be primarily used to offset electricity usage by low-income tenants. The commission may enforce this requirement using covenants and restrictions in deeds.
(d) The commission shall establish local hiring requirements, wage requirements, requirements to partner with state-sanctioned apprenticeships programs, and strong workforce standards for the program in order to provide economic development benefits to disadvantaged communities.
(e) (1) Upon the owner of qualified housing being awarded a grant pursuant to this section, the owner shall operate the property as qualified housing for a period of not less than 10 years.
(2) In order to implement the requirement of paragraph (1), the Department of Housing and Community Development may require the owner to agree to one or more of the following tenant protections:
(A) Affordability contracts.
(B) Agreements to evict only for just cause.
(C) Department of Housing and Community Development preapproval of rent increases. The Department of Housing and Community Development shall only approve the rent increase if there is a reasonable justification, excluding the benefits of the holistic community-driven building upgrade project,
to do so.
(D) Restrictions on rent increases after the property is sold.
(3) The Department of Housing and Community Development may require the owner to annually submit rent rolls for inspection in order to certify compliance with this subdivision. The Department of Housing and Community Development shall make the submitted rent rolls available on its internet website.
2848. (a) The commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission and administrators, shall ensure greater cross-referral between eligible programs, share best practices, scale programming, establish a uniform application for multiple eligible programs, and provide comprehensive guidance and technical assistance for applicants to eligible programs.
(b) Eligible programs include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Home weatherization services pursuant to Section 2790.
(2) The Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program established pursuant to Chapter 9.5 (commencing with Section 2870).
(3) The self-generation incentive program described in Section 379.6.
(4) The Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program created pursuant to Chapter 7.6 (commencing with Section 2831).
(5) The Disadvantaged Communities Single-Family Solar Homes Program, Disadvantaged Communities Green Tariff Program, and Community Solar Green Tariff Program adopted by the commission in Decision 18-06-027 (June 21, 2018), Alternate Decision Adopting Alternatives to Promote Solare Distributed Generation in Disadvantaged Communities.
(6) The microgrid incentive program adopted by the commission in Decision 21-01-018 (January 14, 2021), Decision Adopting Rates, Tariffs, and Rules Facilitating the Commercialization of Microgrids Pursuant to Senate Bill 1339 and Resiliency
(7) The Energy Savings Assistance Program established pursuant to Section 382.
(8) Programs implementing health protection measures, including air filtration, cooling access, personal protective equipment, medical supplies and screenings, and emergency resources, to mitigate the impacts of wildfires, extreme heat, and other climate change-induced harms.
(9) Programs to provide community emergency response training.
(10) Other programs identified by the commission that contribute to community resilience.