Department of Housing & Human Services

TCC Grant Projects

Transformative Climate Communities Grant

Current/Active TCC Projects

TCC grant projects are throughout the city of Riverside and may even be in your neighborhood - see pending projects below.

Energy for All

Partner: GRID Alternatives Inland Empire

Project Description: GRID Alternatives Inland Empire's Energy for All program will install a total 410kW of solar on 100 homes for low-income, single-family homeowners within the TCC Project Area (average system size of 4.1kW per home, $4.85/W).  

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Water-Energy Community Action Network 

Partner: Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

Project Description: The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, a regional water agency, will acquire the services of a consultant to remove and replace approximately 100,000 square feet of grass with water-wise landscaping. The properties targeted for the project, the Water Energy Community Action Network (WECAN), will be single family residential homes (approximately 100 homes). Outreach to residents in the Project Area will be coordinated with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) and the Eastside Climate Collaborative (ECC) outreach initiatives.

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Eastside Greening

Partner: TreePeople

Project Description: The project will engage community members in planting and caring for 1,000 street trees, and will distribute and support planting of an additional 500 residential shade trees and 500 residential fruit trees. 

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Current/Active TCC Plans

Community Engagement Plan

Partner: Riverside Community Health Foundation

Project Description: The Community Engagement Plan (CEP) utilizes several strategies and activities to ensure the success for community engagement. RCHF will establish a Community Engagement Workgroup made up of all Project Leads, a Collaborative Stakeholder Structure (CSS) including Partners and community members, and will implement a community evaluation plan utilizing Community Outreach Workers and Promotoras (community members trained in healthcare issues to help educate and engage the community). Evaluation methods will include at least 32 focus groups, 40 community conversations, pre- and post-ECC survey questionnaires, and one-on-one interviews with residents. RCHF will also host four Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) cohorts to provide residents with training on topics related to climate change, public health, and civic engagement, culminating in resident-led community improvement projects in support of Eastside Climate Collaborative goals.

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Displacement Avoidance Plan 

Partner: Community Settlement Association

Project Description: Community Settlement Association (CSA) will be the lead partner for displacement avoidance during the grant implementation. CSA’s plan will consist of four tasks that include: Community Outreach and Education, Monitoring Affordable Housing Preservation and Production, Business Stabilization Monitoring, and Community Redress Assistance. CSA will host quarterly town hall meetings with local residents and subject matter experts to address displacement issues. CSA will partner with the City and community-based organizations to provide forums for community resource education and feedback. Additionally, CSA will host Business Owners Start-Up Series (B.O.S.S.) workshops twice a year. Finally, CSA will assist local residents in the completion of applications, forms, and letters to the appropriate agencies for any displacement-related grievances that may arise in the Project Area. CSA will also provide document translation in Spanish for those in need of this service. 

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Workforce Development and Economic Opportunities Plan

Partner: Riverside County Workforce Development

Project Description: The Workforce Development Plan includes five (5) trainings designed to lead residents into industry recognized career pathways. The trainings are as follows: GRID Alternatives (Solar Installation) trainees will receive a Basics Installation Training certificate; Building Industry Association (San Bernardino Community College) trainees will earn a certificate in construction aligned with local industry partners; Mulitcraft Core Curriculum (MC3) trainees will earn a pre-apprentice certificate into the construction trade and will have the opportunity to enter into 21 different apprenticeship programs; Next-Generation Farmer training (UCR-Extension) trainees will earn a certificate in sustainable agriculture; and On the Job training-trainees will be connected into GHG reduction sectors where they will learn high-level transferable skills that will result in permanent employment.  These trainings were also designed to coincide with GHG reduction initiatives through Title 24 in the construction field, creating a local sustainable food supply, and connecting residents to jobs that focus specifically on GHG reduction.  This plan will serve 248 residents, of which at least 80% will be from the project area. 

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Indicator Tracking Plan

Partner: UC Riverside - College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research & Technology

Project Description: The Evaluation Technical Assistance Provider, UC Riverside - College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT), will support the Eastside Climate Collaborative TCC Project to fulfill the Data and Indicator Tracking and Reporting requirements by providing a program evaluation framework for the entire TCC Project. In collaboration with the Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF), CE-CERT will collect quantitative and qualitative data on the TCC Project, and additionally provide Grantees and Partners with technical assistance on data collection (data indicators for quantifying environmental, health, economic, and community benefits of the projects) in order to produce annual California Air Resources Board (CARB) and project findings reports. They will also support TCC communications by coordinating the production of two narrative profiles per year, for inclusion in forums such as the CARB and SGC Annual Reports. The City of Riverside will also coordinate the Indicator Tracking Plan with the Partners and the Evaluation Technical Assistance Provider.

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TCC Leveraged Project Plans

Entrada Housing Project 

Partner: Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation

Plan Description: The project will create 64 affordable housing units that will be reserved for families between 60% of the Area Median Income to 30% of the Area Median Income, and one manager's unit will be included. Eight (8) units will be reserved for use as Permanent Supportive Housing for persons earning at -or -below 30% of the Area Median Income and who require supportive services.

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Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility Enhancements

Partner:City of Riverside Public Works

Project Description: This project will construct 3-4 additional bus bays at the Vine Street Mobility hub to increase transit interconnectivity for Project Area residents.

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Vine Street Mobility Hub Expansion and Transit Connection Program

Partner: Riverside Transit Agency and Wakeland

Project Description: As a part of this project, over 6,600 monthly bus passes will be distributed and there will be bus rider education workshops for residents of the Entrada Project and Target Area residents to facilitate use of alternative transportation. There will be 4 quarterly workshops per year, and more will be provided as needed. Entrada management staff will also be trained to help riders figure out their mobility needs on an ongoing basis. 

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