Housing Development

 

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Special Needs Housing Program

In 2008, The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program was created to develop new permanent supportive housing units for severely and persistently mentally ill clients who were homeless, or at-risk of being homeless.  Orange County received, and has committed, over $33 million from a one-time $400 million statewide appropriation for the MHSA Housing Program.  Funds were used for construction and rental subsidies for 194 new MHSA units.

The MHSA Housing Program concluded in May 2016.  At the request of a number of counties, the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) created the “Local Government Special Needs Housing Program” (“SNHP”) which builds upon the successes of the MHSA Housing Program for the development of new MHSA housing.

Orange County recently (on 3-13-18) allocated an additional $15 million in funds to the SNHP for additional permanent supportive housing units.   Proposals for funding will be considered on a first-come, first-served application basis and applications will be reviewed by County staff in the order received.  Interested applicants are welcomed and encouraged to contact Julia Bidwell of HCD&HP at julia.bidwell@occr.ocgov.com or Elizabeth Row of HCA at ERow@ochca.com with questions, including the remaining amount of SNHP funds available for projects, prior to initiating the application process.

View Special Needs Housing Program Notice of Funding Availability and Guidelines for Application.

Please refer any questions to:

Julia Bidwell
Housing & Community Development
1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2991

2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability

**Please Note the 2016 PSH NOFA was recently amended on May 4, 2018. Updated NOFA guidelines and forms are available at the above link.**

The County of Orange has released the 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability.  The 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability NOFA and Addendum 1 released May 4,2018 is available at the above link and on BIDSYNC (Bid # 1603-001 and 1603-002).

The purpose of the 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability and Addendum 1 is to make available up to a combined twelve (12) million dollars in Orange County Housing Successor Agency funds and Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds to promote the acquisition, new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation of Permanent Supportive Housing affordable for Orange County’s extremely low-income households who are homeless.  The County will also provide up to a combined two hundred (200) Housing Choice Project Based Vouchers for extremely low-income households who are homeless.

OC Community Resources/Housing & Community Development will accept submissions for the 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability on an over the counter basis per the terms of the NOFA.  Funds and are available until the NOFA closes, is replaced by a new NOFA, or until all available funds are committed, whichever occurs first.  Interested and qualified applicants who can successfully demonstrate their ability to provide supportive housing for extremely low-income households who are homeless are encouraged to submit proposals.

Please refer any questions to:

Julia Bidwell
Housing & Community Development
1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2991

 

Mortgage Assistance Program

The County’s Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) provides silent (deferred payment) downpayment assistance loans to assist low-income first-time homebuyers (FTHB).  Eligible FTHB’s annual income must not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).  The loans are designed to help with the down payment to purchase a home.  The 3% simple interest, deferred payment loan has a 30 year term and a maximum loan amount of $40,000.  Homebuyers must occupy the property as their primary residence.  There is a 1% minimum down payment requirement for this program and the total sales prices shall not exceed 85% of the Orange County median sales price for all homes, which as of April 2016 is $548,250 (85% of $645,000).  All applicants are required to attend a homebuyer education workshop.

If you are interested in the obtaining more information or an application for the MAP program, please contact our administration for the program, Affordable Housing Clearinghouse at (949) 859-9255 or view their website at http://www.affordable-housing.org/.