Request for Information – Project Homekey Round 2

The County of Orange (“County”) is seeking developers that have experience with the acquisition, rehabilitation and use of property for permanent supportive housing and may have identified sites or are willing to work with the County on potential sites. The projects would be considered for the anticipated Round 2 of the State’s Homekey Program as proposed in the FY 2021 State budget with potential of $750 million in additional funding, subject to approval by the State as part of the State budget process. Per the State, funds are anticipated to be made available for housing for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness and who are impacted or at increased risk for medical diseases or conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other communicable diseases. The County may also utilize other Federal, State or local funds or rental subsidies that are available or may become available to the County for this purpose, which may include but not be limited to Federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

If you are interested and or have potential projects located in Orange County that could utilize this funding, please see the Request for Information and provide a response by Friday, April 30, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Preciado at or Michelle Zdeba at

2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability

The County of Orange released an amendment to the 2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Availability (NOFA) on March 24, 2020. The 2020 NOFA amendments are as follows:

  • Revised Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Term Sheet (Attachment D) to clarify population to be served, outline the loan limit per regulated unit and update the recommended maximum COSR to reflect the capital loan limit
  • Clarified the timeframes for eligible developments in the 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA, (Page 1)

The amended 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA and application are available at this link and on BIDSYNC (Bid #NOFA 2020-01).

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, 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 200 Project-Based Vouchers to support 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.

Effectively immediately, and until further notice, HCD will temporarily accept electronic submittals of applications for the NOFA. Developers will need to e-mail and a download link to the full and complete application. If HCD staff cannot download the application using the link provided, the Developer will be notified of a returned application and will need to re-submit/re-send a download link to the application. This temporary process will ensure that applications are still received on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please note that developments seeking only MHSA funding are eligible to apply for funding at commencement of this NOFA. Overall timeframes for reviewing applications may be delayed/impacted due to Covid-19.

Please refer any questions to:

Michelle Zdeba
Housing & Community Development
1501 E. St. Andrew Pl, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Or Juanita Preciado
(714) 480-2727

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 Non-Competitive and Competitive 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 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 October 2020 with applications due in December 2020/January 2021. Projects can leverage Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP), local Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and Non-Competitive NPLH funds as local funds for scoring purposes 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) for Non-Competitive and Competitive NPLH funds to HCA and OCCR no later than July 15, 2020 and July 31, 2020, respectively, to ensure the County can obtain the required authorizations and Board Resolutions prior to the application deadline. 

Interested applicants are welcomed and encouraged to contact Michelle Zdeba of Orange County Community Resources at or Lisa Row of the Health Care Agency at with questions.

The NPLH EOI is available 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 or Lisa Row of the Health Care Agency at 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
(714) 480-2994

Or Julia Bidwell

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 .