No Place Like Home Program
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. Learn more about the No Place Like Home program in this slide presentation (PDF).
On July 1, 2016, Governor Brown signed landmark legislation enacting the No Place Like Home 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 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.
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, transition age youth experiencing homelessness or with significant barriers to housing stability.
- Competitive Program ($1.8 billion for multiple funding rounds)
First Round Funding: $263.6 million:
- $242.6 million
- $21 million small county set-aside (8 percent of each competitive round)
- Over-the-Counter Program ($200 million)
- Technical Assistance ($6.2 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)
- Initial research and stakeholder outreach - Fall 2016
- Advisory Committee meeting begins - Winter 2016
- Release of framework paper and start of public comment period - Winter 2016
- Guideline development - Spring 2017
- Completion of guidelines and Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) - Summer 2017
- NOFA Release - Winter 2018*
*Release timing subject to validation process
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to publish the Draft Proposed Program Framework of the No Place Like Home Program. Public comments on the Proposed Program Framework will be accepted from December 20, 2016, to January 31, 2017. Please submit comments to NPLH@hcd.ca.gov.
HCD conducted a series of regional workshops throughout the State and the public comment period has closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and comments. If you missed the workshops, you can listen to the recorded Webinar. HCD is currently scheduled to release the program guidelines for public comment in spring 2017.
The No Place Like Home Advisory Committee is comprised of 15 members, including State agencies, and Governor and legislative appointees. The Advisory Committee will assist and advise HCD in the implementation of the program, review and make recommendations on program guidelines, and review the progress in distributing awards. Please refer to links below for member application process.
- Director of Housing and Community Development, Chair
- Director of Health Care Services or Designee
- Department of Health Care Services Additional Representative
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs or Designee
- Director of Social Services or Designee
- State Treasurer or Designee
- Chair of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission or Designee
- Chief Administrative Officer or Member of a County Board of Supervisors, Small County
- Chief Administrative Officer or Member of a County Board of Supervisors, Large County
- Director of a County Behavioral Health Department
- Administrative Officer of a City
- Resident of Supportive Housing
- Representative of a Local or Regional Continuum of Care Organization that Coordinates Homelessness Funding
Senate Rules Committee Appointee:
- Representative of a Community Mental Health Organization
Speaker of the Assembly Appointee:
- Representative of an Affordable Housing Organization
- The online application for appointment for the Advisory Committee with Place Like Home Advisory Committee.
- Senate Rules: State Capitol, Room 3016, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Speaker of the Assembly: State Capitol, Room 219, Sacramento, CA 95814
Email No Place Like Home Program. For additional information, please contact 916-263-2312.
- Strategic Growth Council AHSC Program website
- AB 32 (Chapter 488, Statutes 2006)
- SB 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes, 2008)
- California Metropolitan Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs) (PDF)
Plans & Reports
- 2015-2025 Statewide Housing Plan
- California Inter-Regional Partnership (IRP) Program Final Report (2005)
- The Future of Infill Housing: Opportunities, Potential, Feasibility and Demand (2005)
- Recommendations of the Interagency Task Force on Homelessness (2003)
- Raising the Roof - California Housing Development Projections and Constraints (2001)
- Housing: California's Foundation for Economic Growth (PDF)
- Draft Substantial Amendment to 2015-16 Annual Action Plan and Public Notice (PDF)
- 2010-2015 California Consolidated Plan
- Annual Plan, CAPER (updated annually)