Wednesday, November 6, 2019

No Place Like Home Developments


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 through funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

One of the largest single sources of California funding for homeless housing is far enough into being awarded to the development community in California to begin to research what is being planned.  Its origins in mental health funding for homeless services led to designing the notice of grant funding intention to build housing for homeless coupled with mental health support services.

So far, the $2 Billion placed under the No Place Like Home Program has been awarded as follows:

Funds Available

Round One Awards:

Noncompetitive Allocation ($190 million)

Competitive funds:  A NOFA was released on September 27, 2019 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (CA – HCD) for approximately $ 178 million in Round 2 No Place Like Home (NPLH) competitive funds, which will include approximately $ 80.9 million in competitive funding for large counties, including Riverside County.  Applications for funding from Riverside County compete with applications from 10 other large counties. 

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 NPLH Program Guidelinesat 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. Distributed by formula allocation to each county based on their 2017 homeless Point-In-Time Count with a minimum allocation per county of $500,000.
NPLH March 2019 Alternative Process County Award List 

NPLH June 2019 Alternative Process County Award List 

Round Two Awards:
Second Round Funding: Competitive allocation (up to $1.8 billion for multiple funding rounds).  Anticipated minimum of $622 million.
Counties will compete for funding with counties of similar size:
  • Los Angeles County*
  • Large counties (population greater than 750,000)* 
  • Medium counties (population between 200,000 to 750,000) 
  • Small counties (population less than 200,000) 
*Counties with five percent or more of the state's homeless population may be designated by HCD to receive and administer their own allocations of NPLH funds under their own HCD-approved method of distribution.

NPLH 2018 NOFA - List of Awarded Projects 

Round Three Awards: ?

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