No Place Like Home Program Update

An initial Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) will be issued by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) prior to November and will make awards by the end of the calendar year depending on voter approval of SB 1206 No Place Like Home Act of 2018. The initial NOFA will provide $200 million through a noncompetitive over-the-counter process.

The No Place Like Home Formula Estimates for the Noncompetitive Program allocation of $200 million is listed on a California Department of Housing and Community Development web page, which lists the amounts by county.

Last fall, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a package of bills referred to as the 2017 Legislative Housing Packagethat will provide hundreds of millions of dollars during the next several months for various activities to help prevent and end homelessness in California. It is anticipated that an additional $2 billion for permanent supportive housing for persons living with serious mental illness will be distributed by the end of the year pending voter approval.

AB 1827, Committee on Budget. No Place Like Home Act of 2018, which was approved by the Governor on June 27, 2018, submits the No Place Like Home Act of 2018 to the voters for the November 6, 2018 statewide general election.

Page 1 of AB 1827, as did SB 1206, notes that the No Place Like Home Programwill provide “finance capital costs, including, but not limited to, acquisition, design, construction, rehabilitation, or preservation, and to capitalize operating reserves, of permanent supportive housing for persons living with a severe mental illness.”

As noted on page 53 in the California State Budget 2018-19 budget,

“The Budget places the No Place Like Home program on the November 2018 ballot to accelerate the issuance of $2 billion in bond funds. The bonds will help provide housing for individuals experiencing mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and will be repaid from the Mental Health Services Fund. The Department of Housing and Community Development will issue an initial Notice of Funding Availability prior to November and make awards before the end of the calendar year contingent on voter approval of the measure.”

Page 118 of the 2018-19 Budget noted

“In recognition of California’s pronounced housing shortage, in 2016, the Governor signed into law the No Place Like Home Program, which funds the construction of permanent supportive housing targeted to the chronically homeless and those at risk of chronic homelessness with mental health services needs. The program is funded with up to $2 billion in bonds secured by Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) revenues. The Budget places the program before the voters in the November 2018 election to accelerate the issuance of program funds.”

For the most comprehensive information about the No Place Like Home Program, visit the No Place Like Home web page of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

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