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2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability

 
The purpose of the 2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to make available up to thirteen million in Orange County Housing Successor Agency funds and Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds and/or Mental Health Services Act funds to promote the acquisition, new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation of Supportive Housing and an additional 200 Project-Based Vouchers to Orange County’s extremely low-income households who are homeless.

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT will accept submissions for the 2020 NOFA 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:

Juanita Preciado
Housing & Community Development
1501 E. St. Andrew Pl, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Juanita.Preciado@occr.ocgov.com
(714) 480-2727

Or Michelle Zdeba
Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2994

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 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

Utility Allowance Schedule

The Utility Allowance Schedule is applicable to the development of affordable housing units that utilize the County’s project-based vouchers. Developers may submit a request for a utility allowance letter to Michelle Zdeba at Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com .