No Place Like Home – Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
Competitive funds: A NOFA was released on October 15, 2018 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (CA – HCD) for approximately $ 400 million in Round 1 No Place Like Home (NPLH) funds. These funds may be used to acquire, design, construct, rehabilitate, or preserve Permanent Supportive Housing, which may include a Capitalized Operating Subsidy Reserve. Please refer to NLH Program Guidelines at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/nplh.shtml for more complete information about the NPLH program and funding availability.
Funds are allocated to counties from the pool of competitive funds based upon their population size. Riverside County is considered a large county under the definitions of NPLH. Applications for funding from Riverside County will compete with applications from 10 other large counties that will be funded from a pool of approximately $ 95.5 million in Round 1 funding. Applications were due on January 30, 2019. Notification of awards is expected in June 2019.
Under NPLH Program, counties may apply for funding solely or jointly with development sponsor(s). Riverside County intends to collaborate with qualified developer(s) with relevant experience in affordable housing development, serving special needs populations, property management and asset management.
Interested parties should contact Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health to express an interest in applying for Round 2 NPLH competitive funds. A NOFA is expected to be released for round 2 in September 2019.
Thomas Peterson, 951 – 538 – 6791 and TPeterson@ruhealth.org
Marcus Cannon, 951-715-5050 and MCannon@ruhealth.org
Non-competitive funds: An amended NOFA was released on October 30, 2018 by CA – HCD for approximately $ 190 million in non-competitive NPLH funds. These funds may be used to acquire, design, construct, rehabilitate, or preserve Permanent Supportive Housing, which may include a Capitalized Operating Subsidy Reserve. Please refer to NLH Program Guidelines at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/nplh.shtml for more complete information about the NPLH program and funding availability.
This is a one-time allocation of funds. Non-competitive funds are allocated to counties by CA – HCD using information about population and Point-in-Time counts. Riverside County has been allocated approximately $ 3.3 million in non-competitive NPLH funding. A Request for Proposals will be issued for this pool of funds in early 2019. Please return to this website for updates on this information and direct any questions to Thomas Peterson, 951 – 538 – 6791, TPeterson@ruhealth.org and Marcus Cannon, 951-715-5050, MCannon@ruhealth.org
On July 1, 2016, Governor Brown signed landmark legislation enacting the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program to dedicate $2 billion in bond proceeds to invest in the development of permanent supportive housing for persons who are in need of mental health services and are experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness, or who are at risk of chronic homelessness. The bonds are repaid by funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
NPLH funds shall be used to finance capital costs of units in rental housing developments, including acquisition, design, construction or rehabilitation costs associated with the rental housing community along with capitalized operating subsidy reserves.
Key features of the program include:
- A requirement that permanent supportive housing utilize low barrier tenant selection practices that prioritize vulnerable populations and offer flexible, voluntary, and individualized supportive services.
- A requirement that the County commit to provide mental health services and help coordinate access to other community-based supportive services for residents.
- A restriction on the amount of rent charged to be no more than 30 percent of the Area Median Income, as defined in the NPLH Program Guidelines.
For a complete explanation of the NPLH program, please review the NPLH Program Guidelines, issued by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, dated as of July 17, 2017 and CLICK HERE to visit the NPLH site.
Population to be Served
Permanent supportive housing is intended to be provided to adults with serious mental illness, or children with severe emotional disorders and their families and persons who require or are at risk of requiring acute psychiatric inpatient care, residential treatment, or outpatient crisis intervention because of a mental disorder with symptoms of psychosis, suicidality or violence and who are homeless, chronically homeless, or at risk of chronic homelessness.
At risk of chronic homelessness includes persons who are at high risk of long-term or intermittent homelessness, including persons with mental illness exiting institutionalized settings, transition age youth experiencing homelessness or with significant barriers to housing stability.
Process for Obtaining Funding
Counties are eligible to apply for funding acting independently as a development sponsor or together with another entity, usually a developer of affordable housing, special needs housing and permanent supportive housing. Awards are made on a competitive basis, as more fully described in the NPLH Program Guidelines.
To qualify for funding, the County must submit a Housing Plan to the California Department of Housing and Community Development that specifies the goals, strategies and activities that are in process or that will be initiated to reduce homelessness and make it non-recurring for the population identified above.
The Housing Plan must reflect input from the following groups:
- County representatives with expertise from behavioral health, public health, probation/criminal justice, social services and housing departments;
- The HUD Continuum of Care for the County;
- Housing and homeless service providers, especially those with experience providing housing or services to those who are chronically homeless;
- County health plans, community clinics and health centers, and other health care providers;
- Public housing authorities; and
- Representatives of family caregivers of persons living with serious mental illness
Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health has developed a Housing Plan in collaboration with the groups identified above and others. The Housing Plan is available on this website.