Housing Development

2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability

The County of Orange released an amendment to the 2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Availability (NOFA) on March 24, 2020. The 2020 NOFA amendments are as follows:

  • Revised Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Term Sheet (Attachment D) to clarify population to be served, outline the loan limit per regulated unit and update the recommended maximum COSR to reflect the capital loan limit
  • Clarified the timeframes for eligible developments in the 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA, (Page 1)

The amended 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA and application are available at this link and on BIDSYNC (Bid #NOFA 2020-01).

The purpose of the 2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to make available up to thirteen million in Orange County Housing Successor Agency funds, Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds and/or Mental Health Services Act funds to promote the acquisition, new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation of Supportive Housing and 200 Project-Based Vouchers to support Orange County’s extremely low-income households who are homeless.

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 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 Michelle.Zdeba@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.

Please note that developments seeking only MHSA funding are eligible to apply for funding at commencement of this NOFA. Overall timeframes for reviewing applications may be delayed/impacted due to Covid-19.

Please refer any questions to:

Michelle Zdeba
Housing & Community Development
1501 E. St. Andrew Pl, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2994

Or Juanita Preciado
Juanita.Preciado@occr.ocgov.com
(714) 480-2727

No Place Like Home (NPLH)
The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources is currently reaching out to developers to take inventory of potential No Place Like Home (NPLH) projects in the County of Orange that will score competitively in Round 2 of the NPLH Competitive Allocation NOFA. This includes applications through the County Expression of Interest (EOI) process for parties interested in applying for funding through the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program 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 current NPLH EOI is available on the Orange County Community Resources website at http://www.occommunityservices.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=81059. Any further Addendum’s will be posted on Bidsync and/or posted on the http://www.occommunityservices.org/hcd/housing webpage. Prospective applicants can also register with Bidsync at http://www.bidsync.com.

Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP)
The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources is currently reaching out to developers to take inventory of Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP) applications and potential new projects applying for these funds. The current SNHP Expression of Interest (EOI) is available on the OCCR website at http://www.occommunityservices.org/hcd/housing. Any further Addendum’s will be posted on Bidsync and/or posted on the http://www.occommunityservices.org/hcd/housing webpage. Prospective applicants can also register with Bidsync at http://www.bidsync.com.

Housing for a Healthy California
The State Housing and Community Development Department (State HCD) is expected to be releasing a NOFA for the Housing For a Healthy California program in April 2019. Please join us to talk about this opportunity and how this capital and capitalized operating subsidy reserve (COSR) funding aligns with your supportive housing development plans so that Orange County can compete for this important new funding opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you at the general information session and discussing potential projects with you and your team!

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No Place Like Home (NPLH)

The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources released 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.

The California Department of Community Development (State HCD) intends to release the next NPLH competitive NOFA in September 2019 with applications due in November 2019. State HCD released new draft loan limits for NPLH that match the new Multifamily Housing Program (MHP) limits for 4% deals. For example, the loan limit for a one-bedroom unit at 30% AMI for a non-9% deal in Orange County is $271,224. Additionally, projects can leverage SNHP as local funds when applying to NPLH. Under the NPLH Program, the County is required to be a co-applicant with the development sponsor (developer). As such, interested developers should submit the NPLH Expression of Interest (EOI) to HCA and OCCR no later than September 6, 2019 to ensure the County can obtain the required authorizations and Board Resolutions prior to the application deadline.

Proposals for NPLH funding through the EOI process will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and 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 is available 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.

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.

Due to the SNHP wind-down, January 3, 2020 is the deadline for Counties to submit applications to CalHFA for viable SNHP projects that will close on their construction loan by June 30, 2022. In order to process the SNHP funding request for County approval and meet this deadline, interested developers should submit the SNHP Development Summary Form and Narrative to HCA and OCCR no later than September 6, 2019.

Proposals for funding will be considered on a first-come, first-served application basis and will be reviewed by County staff in the order received. Interested applicants are welcomed and encouraged to contact Michelle Zdeba at Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com or Lisa Row of the Health Care Agency at ERow@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 Notice of Funding Availability and Guidelines for Application.

Please refer any questions to:

Michelle Zdeba
Housing & Community Development
1501 E. St, Andrew Place, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com
(714) 480-2994

Or Julia Bidwell
Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com
714-480-2991

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 $40,000. 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, which as of April 2016 is $548,250 (85% of $645,000). All applicants are required to attend a homebuyer education workshop.

If you are interested in the obtaining more information or an application for the MAP program, please contact our administration for the program, Affordable Housing Clearinghouse at (949) 859-9255 or view their website at http://www.affordable-housing.org/.