Developer

No Place Like Home (NPLH)

The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources is announcing the release of an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for parties interested in applying for 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 EOI is an addendum to the Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP) Notice of Funding Availability and Guidelines released by the County in March 2018. The NPLH program builds upon the successes of the MHSA Housing Program for the development of new MHSA housing. It is important to note that the NPLH program is conditioned upon authorization through the state ballot (Prop. 2) and court validation processes and no NPLH funds will be available until those processes have been completed. Proposals for NPLH funding through the EOI process will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and applications will be reviewed by County staff in the order received. 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 will be available on or about October 22, 2018 through Bidsync, the County of Orange Procurement website. Prospective applicants can register with Bidsync at http://www.bidsync.com/ or retain a copy of the NPLH EOI here.

The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources will be holding a general information session on MHSA, SNHP and NPLH from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on November 9, 2018 at the following location:

1300 S. Grand Avenue, Building B
Conference Room A/B (2nd Floor)
Santa Ana, CA 92705

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.

CalHFA commenced the SNHP on June 1, 2016. Orange County recently allocated $5 million in funds to the SNHP for additional permanent supportive housing units. Proposals for funding will be considered on a first-come, first-served application basis and applications will be reviewed by County staff in the order received. Interested applicants are welcomed and encouraged to contact John Viafora at John.Viafora@occr.ocgov.com or Judith Iturriaga of HCA at JIturriaga@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 application guidelines.

Please refer any questions to:

Julia Bidwell
Housing & Community Development
1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2991

Or Michelle Zdeba
Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com
(714) 480-2994

2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability

**Please Note the 2016 PSH NOFA was recently amended on May 4, 2018. Updated NOFA guidelines and forms are available at the above link.**

The County of Orange has released the 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability. The 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability NOFA and Addendum 1 released May 4,2018 is available at the above link and on BIDSYNC (Bid # 1603-001 and 1603-002).

The purpose of the 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability and Addendum 1 is to make available up to a combined twelve (12) million dollars in Orange County Housing Successor Agency funds and Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds to promote the acquisition, new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation of Permanent Supportive Housing affordable for Orange County’s extremely low-income households who are homeless. The County will also provide up to a combined two hundred (200) Housing Choice Project Based Vouchers for extremely low-income households who are homeless.

OC Community Resources/Housing & Community Development will accept submissions for the 2016 Permanent Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability 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.

Please refer any questions to:

Julia Bidwell
Housing & Community Development
1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. B
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2991

Or Michelle Zdeba
Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com
(714) 480-2994

Seeking Experienced MHSA Developers for Housing in Orange County. 

The MHSA Housing Program, administered by CalHFA, provides funds for California counties to build and operate permanent supportive housing for members of the MHSA target population who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and low income.  The MHSA subpopulation includes children and youth, transitional age youth, adults 18 and older and older adults 60 and older.  MHSA funds are now being committed to projects throughout California. The County of Orange received an allocation of $33 million in capital and operating subsidies from the State.  Developers may access the funds through submission and approval, through the County of Orange, of an MHSA Housing Program Application.  To learn more about the County's MHSA program, please see MHSA Housing and Mental Health Services Act Housing Plan Guidelines for Application and Orange County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Plan. If interested in creating MHSA units in Orange County, please contact Judy Iturriaga at mhsahousing@ochca.com and/or John Viafora at mhsa.housing@hcs.ocgov.com 

Utility Allowance Schedule

The Utility Allowance Schedule is associated with builders who are constructing affordable housing, who need a letter from us giving them the utility allowances.