Housing Development

County Affordable Housing Update Presentation 12-4-14 for Kennedy Commission



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.

CalHFA commenced the SNHP on June 1, 2016.  Orange County recently allocated $5 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 Kevin Fincher at Kevin.Fincher@occr.ocgov.com or Judith Iturriaga of HCA at JIturriaga@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 application guidelines.

Please refer any questions to:

Kevin Fincher
Housing Development Administrator
OC Community Services
1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA 92705
kevin.fincher@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2994

2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability

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 is available at the above link and on BIDSYNC (Bid # 1603-001).

The purpose of the 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability is to make available up to eight (8) 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.  OC Community Services will also provide up to one hundred (100) Housing Choice Project Based Vouchers for extremely low-income households who are homeless.

OC Community Services 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:

Kevin Fincher
Housing Development Administrator
OC Community Services
1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA 92705
kevin.fincher@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2994

 

2014 Affordable Housing Project Based Voucher (PBV) NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY Phase II

The County of Orange has released Phase II of the 2014 Affordable Housing Project Based Voucher (PBV) NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA). The NOFA is available at the above link and on BidSync (Bid #1412-001).

The purpose of Phase II of this NOFA is to make available up to 30 Project Based Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers and/or up to 100 Housing Choice vouchers, as authorized in HUD Notice PIH 2011-50 and the Orange county Housing Authority's (OCHA) Administrative Plan, to provide supportive housing for homeless veterans with disabling health conditions. Interested and qualified applicants who can successfully demonstrate their ability to provide supportive housing for veterans are encouraged to submit proposals.

OC Community Services will accept submissions for Phase II of this NOFA on an over the counter basis. Phase II applications will be accepted until the vouchers are committed. Closing of Phase II will be noticed to the public through BidSync and on this website.

Please refer any questions to:

Kevin Fincher
Housing Development Administrator
OC Community Services
1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA 92705
kevin.fincher@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2994

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/.