Housing Development

Supportive Housing Development in Orange County: April 18th information and feedback session to build our Supportive Housing pipeline NEW

The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources will be holding a general information session on Supportive Housing Development in Orange County and feedback session to build our Supportive Housing pipeline. Discussion will include applying for Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP) and No Place Like Home (NPLH) funding along with the new Housing For a Healthy California Program.

The Information Session will be from 1pm-3pm on April 18, 2019 at the following location:

1300 S. Grand Avenue, Building B
Conference Room A/B (2nd Floor)
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Additionally, the County would like to get general feedback/input from developers and interested parties on the current housing pipeline and what opportunities and barriers there are that can be addressed to expedite and/or maximize the development of supportive housing units in Orange County.

No Place Like Home (NPLH)
The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources is currently reaching out to developers to take inventory of potential No Place Like Home (NPLH) projects in the County of Orange that will score competitively in Round 2 of the NPLH Competitive Allocation NOFA. This includes applications through the County Expression of Interest (EOI) process for parties interested in applying for funding through the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program to acquire, construct, and/or rehabilitate permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with serious mental illness who are homeless, chronically homeless or at-risk of chronically homelessness. The current NPLH EOI is available on the Orange County Community Resources website at http://www.occommunityservices.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=81059. Any further Addendum’s will be posted on Bidsync and/or posted on the http://www.occommunityservices.org/hcd/housing webpage. Prospective applicants can also register with Bidsync at http://www.bidsync.com.

Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP)
The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources is currently reaching out to developers to take inventory of Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP) applications and potential new projects applying for these funds. The current SNHP Expression of Interest (EOI) is available on the OCCR website at http://www.occommunityservices.org/hcd/housing. Any further Addendum’s will be posted on Bidsync and/or posted on the http://www.occommunityservices.org/hcd/housing webpage. Prospective applicants can also register with Bidsync at http://www.bidsync.com.

Housing for a Healthy California
The State Housing and Community Development Department (State HCD) is expected to be releasing a NOFA for the Housing For a Healthy California program in April 2019. Please join us to talk about this opportunity and how this capital and capitalized operating subsidy reserve (COSR) funding aligns with your supportive housing development plans so that Orange County can compete for this important new funding opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you at the general information session and discussing potential projects with you and your team!

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No Place Like Home (NPLH)

The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources released an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for parties interested in applying for funding through the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program to acquire, construction, and/or rehabilitate permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with serious mental illness who are homeless, chronically homeless or at-risk of chronically homelessness. The NPLH EOI is an addendum to the Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP) Notice of Funding Availability and Guidelines released by the County in March 2018. The NPLH program builds upon the successes of the MHSA Housing Program for the development of new MHSA housing.

The California Department of Community Development (State HCD) intends to release the next NPLH competitive NOFA in September 2019 with applications due in November 2019. State HCD released new draft loan limits for NPLH that match the new Multifamily Housing Program (MHP) limits for 4% deals. For example, the loan limit for a one-bedroom unit at 30% AMI for a non-9% deal in Orange County is $271,224. Additionally, projects can leverage SNHP as local funds when applying to NPLH. Under the NPLH Program, the County is required to be a co-applicant with the development sponsor (developer). As such, interested developers should submit the NPLH Expression of Interest (EOI) to HCA and OCCR no later than September 6, 2019 to ensure the County can obtain the required authorizations and Board Resolutions prior to the application deadline.

Proposals for NPLH funding through the EOI process will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and will be reviewed by County staff in the order received. Interested applicants are welcomed and encouraged to contact Michelle Zdeba of Orange County Community Resources at Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com or Lisa Row of the Health Care Agency at ERow@ochca.com with questions.

The NPLH EOI is available through Bidsync, the County of Orange Procurement website. Prospective applicants can register with Bidsync at http://www.bidsync.com/ or retain a copy of the NPLH EOI here.

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.

Due to the SNHP wind-down, January 3, 2020 is the deadline for Counties to submit applications to CalHFA for viable SNHP projects that will close on their construction loan by June 30, 2022. In order to process the SNHP funding request for County approval and meet this deadline, interested developers should submit the SNHP Development Summary Form and Narrative to HCA and OCCR no later than September 6, 2019.

Proposals for funding will be considered on a first-come, first-served application basis and will be reviewed by County staff in the order received. Interested applicants are welcomed and encouraged to contact Michelle Zdeba at Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com or Lisa Row of the Health Care Agency 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:

Michelle Zdeba
Housing & Community Development
1501 E. St, Andrew Place, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com
(714) 480-2994

Or Julia Bidwell
Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2991
County Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Feedback Session

 You are invited to a meeting to discuss revisions and updates to the County’s 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).  County staff are in the process of updating the NOFA and would like to receive your input.  The current NOFA can be found by clicking on the link below - 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability.

Date:           Wednesday, October 23, 2019,  9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location:     1501 East St. Andrew Place, 1st Floor, Conference Room A
                      Santa Ana, CA 92705                               

2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability

**Please Note the 2016 PSH NOFA was 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. On December 18, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved an additional increase in amount of funding by another two (2) million dollars, to a new combined total of fourteen (14) million dollars in Orange County Housing Successor Agency funds and Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds and the utilization of up to fifty (50) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Project Based Vouchers.

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:

Michelle Zdeba
Housing & Community Development
1501 E. St. Andrew Pl, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com
(714) 480-2994

Or Julia Bidwell
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/.