No Place Like Home Program

Contact

(916) 263-6106

Background Information

On July 1, 2016, Governor Brown signed landmark legislation enacting the No Place Like Home program to dedicate up to $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).

Key features of the program include:

  • Counties will be eligible applicants (either solely or with a housing development sponsor).
  • Funding for permanent supportive housing must utilize low barrier tenant selection practices that prioritize vulnerable populations and offer flexible, voluntary, and individualized supportive services.
  • Counties must commit to provide mental health services and help coordinate access to other community-based supportive services.

Purpose

To acquire, design, construct, rehabilitate, or preserve permanent supportive housing for persons who are experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness or who are at risk of chronic homelessness, and who are in need of mental health services.

Population to be Served

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 with a history of homelessness prior to institutionalization, and transition age youth experiencing homelessness or with significant barriers to housing stability.

Assistance Type

Loans to counties*, or their housing development sponsors.

Eligible Applicants

Counties*, either solely or with a housing development sponsor.

*Under the NPLH program, the definition of "counties" includes the City of Berkely and the cities of Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne.

Validation Action

 

Tentative Program Timeline*

Issue Noncompetitive Allocation NOFA Summer 2018
Issue First Round Competitive Allocation NOFA Fall 2018
Applications due under First Round Competitive Allocation NOFA Winter 2018-2019
Deadline for counties to submit documentation to accept their Noncompetitive Allocation August 15, 2019
Deadline for counties to submit project applications to HCD for their Noncompetitive Allocation Rolling application deadline — no later than February 15, 2021

*The availability of NPLH Project funds is contingent on voter approval of the No Place Like Home Act of 2018, Proposition 2 on the November 2018 ballot, and the final outcome of the validation action and the reverse validation action.

Funds Available

Noncompetitive Allocation ($190 million)

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.

Competitive Allocation (up to $1.8 billion for multiple funding rounds)

First Round Funding: Anticipated minimum of $200 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.

Program Guidelines  

Get Funding

Funding is anticipated to be awarded as follows:

Counties designated as Alternative Process Counties

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.

Counties designated to administer Noncompetitive Allocation funds for Shared Housing

Counties that wish to use some or all of their Noncompetitive Allocation for Shared Housing Projects may be designated by HCD to administer these funds under their own HCD-approved method of distribution.

Current NOFAs

Noncompetitive Allocation

Application due date: Rolling application deadline.

Applications for projects of five or more units utilizing Noncompetitive Allocation funds administered by HCD may be submitted at any time after a county accepts their Noncompetitive Allocation. All project applications utilizing Noncompetitive Allocation Funds shall be submitted no later than February 15, 2021. Alternate Process Counties and counties approved to administer their Noncompetitive Allocation funds for Shared Housing may establish and earlier application submission deadline.

Fiscal Year 2018-2019 (Round 1)

Competitive Allocation

First Round Competitive Allocation NOFA anticipated Fall of 2018.

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 (T/A)

Awards

Technical Assistance NOFA (PDF) — 04/10/2017

Technical Assistance Guidelines (PDF) — Revised 10/17/2017

Technical Assistance Awards will be announced at a later date.

Training and Technical Assistance

Workshop Dates and Locations

Location: Sacramento
Department of Housing and Community Development
2020 W. El Camino Avenue
Room 402 A/B
Sacramento, CA 95833

Date and Time:
August 24, 2018: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event.

If you are unable to attend the Sacramento workshop in person you may access one of these webinars:

Location: Oakland
Elihu Harris Building
1515 Clay Street
Room 1
Oakland, CA 95416

Date and Time:
August 30, 2018: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event.

Location: Visalia
Tulare County Office of Education
6200 S. Mooney Boulevard
Rooms EF
Visalia, CA 93277

Date and Time:
September 7, 2018: 10:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event.

Location: Riverside
California Tower
3737 Main Street
Room 200
Riverside, CA 92501

Date and Time:
September 10, 2018: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, please make sure to register for this event.

 

Plans & Reports

  • 2015-2025 Statewide Housing Plan