Public Housing Account Funding Overview

Important Information

On May 19, 2022, the Commission issued Decision (D.) 22-05-029 modifying the CASF Broadband Public Housing Account Rules and Guidelines.  See Program Overview section below for more information.

Program Overview

Pursuant to Public Utilities (Pub. Util.) Code section 281, the Broadband Public Housing Account provides grants and loans to build broadband networks offering free broadband service for residents of low-income communities including but not limited to, publicly supported housing developments, and other housing developments or mobile home parks with low-income residents.  In (D.) 22-05-029, the Commission made programmatic changes to the Broadband Public Housing Account per SB 156.

The Broadband Public Housing Account rules and requirements are set in (D.) 22-05-029. Specifically, see:

See the Broadband Public Housing Account, Background and History for more information.   

Public Utilities Code section 281 is the guiding statute for CASF and sets overall CASF goals, rules and requirements.

Eligible Applicants

Beginning in the July 1, 2022, application round, publicly supported housing developments and farmworker housing are eligible to apply for grants.

“Publicly supported housing development” is a publicly supported multi-unit housing development that is wholly owned by either of the following:

(i) A public housing agency that has been chartered by the state, or by any city or county in the state.

(ii) An incorporated nonprofit organization as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3))12 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.

“Farmworker housing” is housing that is consistent with the definition of “farmworker housing” set forth in California Health and Safety Code Section 50199.7 (h), which includes the requirement that “farmworker housing” means housing in which at least 50 percent of the units are available to, and occupied by, farmworkers and their households.  

Eligibility rules for other low-income housing developments and mobilehome parks with low- income residents will be made eligible at a later application round based on another Commission Rulemaking in proceeding R.20-08-021.

See the Broadband Public Housing Account, Background and History for more information.   

    Funding Available

    The allocated funding for the Broadband Public Housing Account is $15 million for fiscal year 2022-2023.  The Broadband Public Housing Account will finance up to 100 percent of the costs to install inside wiring and broadband network equipment.

    Applying for Funds

    To Apply

        Review Broadband Public Housing Account Application Instructions

        Review the Application Process Overview PowerPoint

        Complete and Submit the Broadband Public Housing Account Application Package

    Applications may be submitted at any time. However, staff will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch.  To be considered in that timeframe, applications must be received on or before the following dates

    July 1, 2022

    January 1, 2023

    and so forth until funds are exhausted

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

    After each deadline, staff will post notice of all applications received on the Commission’s website. 

    Documents for Funded Projects

      Pre-Award Submissions and Funded Projects

      Requests for Funding July, 2022, Submissions

      All Approved Public Housing Applications with Current Status

      Maps Showing All Public Housing Funded Project Locations

      Broadband Public Housing Reports

      FAQs

      Broadband Public Housing FAQs.

      For Further Information  

      For more information please visit:

      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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