California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) – Public Housing Account

Public Housing Account Funding Overview

Under the Broadband Public Housing Account (BPHA), not more than $20 million shall be available in grants and loans to a publicly supported community, as defined in the statute, to finance a project to connect a broadband network to that publicly supported community (infrastructure projects). Not more than $5 million shall be available in grants and loans to a publicly supported community to support programs designed to increase adoption rates for broadband services for residents in that publicly supported community (adoption projects).

The Commission will reimburse for the following expanses for infrastructure projects:

  • All networking equipment, both hardware and software, including wireless access points;
  • Low voltage contracting (including the installation of conduit, panels and cabling required to provide power for the equipment funded as part of the project), provided it does not include major rehabilitation, demolition or construction;
  • Modems or routers, but not computers or human interface devices;
  • Engineering & design;
  • Hardware warranty;
  • Installation labor from the Minimum Point of Entry (MPOE) to the individual unit; and
  • Taxes, shipping and insurance costs directly related to broadband equipment deployed under the CASF Public-Housing Account.

The Commission will fund up to 85 percent of the costs for adoption projects, reimbursing the following expenses:

  • Education and outreach efforts and materials;
  • Desks and chairs to furnish a designated space for digital literacy;
  • Acceptable computers and devices (excluding smartphones) and software intended for use either in a computer lab or their household;
  • Digital literacy instructors;
  • Printers for a computer lab or other designated space for digital literacy;
  • Routers;
  • Provision of residential (not-network) technical support.

Eligible applicants can submit for funding from the Broadband Infrastructure Account (for infrastructure projects) or the Broadband Adoption Account (for adoption projects) once all the funds from the Public Housing Account have been exhausted.

Public Housing Account Funding Eligibility

CASF Public Housing Account funding is available to either:

  • A public housing agency that has been chartered by the state, or by any city or county in the state, and has been determined an eligible public housing agency by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; or
  • An incorporated nonprofit organization as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3)) that is exempt from taxation under Section 501 (a) of that code (16 U.S.C. Sec. 501(a)), and that has received public funding to subsidize the construction or maintenance of housing occupied by residents whose annual income qualifies as “low”-or “very low” income according to federal poverty guidelines.

Infrastructure grants are only available for network projects to be installed in unserved housing developments, with the term 'unserved' defined as a housing development where at least one housing unit is not offered broadband service. A housing unit is ”not offered broadband Internet service” if the unit does not have access to a commercially available broadband Internet service, such as Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), a cable modem, or another protocol, available at the unit.

See the Guidlines for further information. 

Applying for Funds

Applicants may submit applications at any time using the guidance provided in the Application Instructions. Staff will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch. The Commission will process applications on a quarterly basis. To be considered in that timeframe, applications must be received on or before the following dates:  

  • January 1, 2019
  • July 1, 2019
  • January 1, 2020
  • July 1, 2020

Any deadline falling on a holiday or a weekend will be extended to the following business day.

To Apply

Application Instructions 

Documents for Infrastructure Projects:

Documents for Adoption Projects:

Pre-Award Submissions and Funded Projects

Public Housing Account project proposals submitted during the last application window:

  • No project proposals were submitted.

All Approved Public Housing Applications with Current Status

Maps Showing All Public Housing Project Proposal Locations


 For Further Information  

Guidelines

CASF Public Housing Account Frequently Asked Questions

Commission resolutions, decisions and legislative history specific to the Public Housing Account

Questions about this program should be directed to the following:  CPUC_Housing@cpuc.ca.gov 

 

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