The County of Orange released a 2nd addendum to the 2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Availability (NOFA) on May 27, 2021 as authorized at the May 25, 2021 Board of Supervisor's meeting. The 2nd Addendum to the 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA includes the following amendments:
- Additional 157 Project-Based Vouchers
- Addition of $6.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Federal HOME funds.
The purpose of the 2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to make available up to $19.5 million in Orange County Housing Successor Agency funds, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds and/or Mental Health Services Act funds and Project-Based Vouchers to promote the acquisition, new construction and acquisition of Supportive Housing.
The amended 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA and application are available at this link.
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 Project-Based Vouchers 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 Julia.Bidwell@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.
The amended sections are indicated in the 2nd Addendum found at this link. All other sections, exhibits and attachments to the 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA not in the 2nd Addendum remain the same.
Please refer any questions to:
Housing & Community Development
1501 E. St. Andrew Pl, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Or Juanita Preciado
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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 $80,000. 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. All applicants are required to attend a homebuyer education workshop.
If you are interested in obtaining more information or an application for the MAP program, please contact our program administrator, Affordable Housing Clearinghouse at (949) 859-9255 or view their website at http://www.affordable-housing.org/.
No Place Like Home (NPLH)
The No Place Like Home (NPLH) program has funds 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 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 2021. Under the NPLH Program, the County is required to be a co-applicant with the development sponsor (developer).
Interested applicants are welcomed and encouraged to contact Lisa Row of the Health Care Agency at ERow@ochca.com or Julia Bidwell of Orange County Community Resources at Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com with questions.
The PLHA Five Year Plan is a planning document that states the eligible PLHA activities to be undertaken by the County of Orange for the following five years. It includes the actual amount of the first year and an estimated amount during the five-year plan period. To receive an allocation of PLHA funds, the County must submit the approved plan along with the application to the State of California Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department.