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Housing Development

Draft Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Program Application Including Five-Year Plan (NEW)

The Draft Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Program Application and Draft Five-Year PLHA Plan is a comprehensive document that provides a strategy for the use of state funds granted to the Urban County of Orange by California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) under the Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) that provides grants to Local governments in California for housing-related projects and programs that assist in addressing the unmet housing needs of their local communities.

To view the PLHA Application and Five-Year Plan, Please Click Here.


 No Place Like Home (NPLH) (NEW)

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 Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com or Lisa Row of the Health Care Agency at ERow@ochca.com with questions.
 

The NPLH EOI is available here.

Approval of Casa Paloma in Midway City

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to consider the approval of the development of Casa Paloma, a 71-unit affordable housing development in Midway City, located in unincorporated Orange County.

View the Agenda Staff Report for Request to Approve Project, Loan and Project-Based Vouchers for Casa Paloma…

The 10-day public review and comment period is from June 12, 2020, through June 22, 2020.  All persons are invited to present their views regarding the Casa Paloma project in writing or before the Board of Supervisors at the June 23, 2020 meeting.  Please submit comments to Michelle Zdeba via email at Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com or mail to OC Housing and Community Development, 1501 E. St. Andrew Place, First Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92705, Attn: Michelle Zdeba.

The County of Orange will consider all comments postmarked or received on or before June 22, 2020. For further information email Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com or call Michelle Zdeba at (714) 480-2994.

Draft Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Program Application Including Five-Year Plan

The Draft Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Program Application and Draft Five-Year PLHA Plan is a comprehensive document that provides a strategy for the use of state funds granted to the Urban County of Orange by California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) under the Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) that provides grants to Local governments in California for housing-related projects and programs that assist in addressing the unmet housing needs of their local communities.

View Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Program Application and Draft Five-Year PLHA Plan…

The 15-day review and comment period is from June 5, 2020 through June 19, 2020 and allows members of the public to express their concerns and comments. All persons either favoring or opposing the PLHA Application including the Five Year PLHA Plan are invited to present their views in writing or before the Board of Supervisors at the June 23, 2020 meeting.

Comments must be received by e-mailed to rebecca.leifkes@occr.ocgov.com or addressed and postmarked by June 19, 2020 to:

Housing & Community Development
Attn: Rebecca Leifkes
1501 E. St Andrew Place, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705

For further information email rebecca.leifkes@occr.ocgov.com or call Rebecca Leifkes at (714) 480-2936.


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 Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com and Juanita.Preciado@occr.ocgov.com 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
Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2994

Or Juanita Preciado
Juanita.Preciado@occr.ocgov.com
(714) 480-2727

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!

BEFORE YOU CONTACT AN ORANGE COUNTY SUPERVISOR:

Do you contact members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors other than at a public meeting?

Are you trying to influence an official action by an Orange County Board of Supervisor or persuade a Supervisor to vote a certain way?

Do you receive compensation for your efforts?

If you answered yes to these questions you may be an Orange County Lobbyist and may need to register with the Office of Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission.

Failure to register may subject you to civil action and the imposition of fines.

Get more information at www.ocethics.com or contact Denah Hoard, Executive Director, Office of Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission, 714-645-3844 or contact the office at info@ocethics.com.

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

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/.