Tribal Program

Bringing California Tribes Home:

Funding available under the 2023 Homekey Tribal NOFA provides an opportunity for Tribal Entities to develop multifamily rental housing developments, including rehabilitation of existing housing, new construction of apartments, townhomes, or single-family rental homes, including manufactured housing, or conversion of non-residential space to residential housing. Projects developed using Homekey Tribal funding shall provide permanent housing for people and households experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, and who are impacted by or at increased risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than utilizing a set-aside within the standard Homekey Program, this NOFA operates independently and is tailored to meet the specific affordable housing needs of California Tribes.

2023 Homekey Tribal Pre-Application Survey

Applicants must engage in a pre-application meeting with HCD prior to applying. To request a pre-application meeting, please email Applicants are encouraged to complete the Homekey Tribal intake survey. To complete the Homekey Tribal intake survey, please click here.

2023 Homekey Tribal NOFA

2023 Homekey Tribal Application

Homekey Tribal Program Forms

Eligible Applicants

Lead applicants must be Tribal Entities located in California that demonstrate sufficient experience and capacity to develop, own, and operate affordable housing. Tribal Entity(ies) is an applicant that is any of the following:

  1. Applicant meets the definition of Indian tribe under section 4103(13)(B);
  2. Applicant meets the definition of Tribally Designated Housing Entity under 25 U.S.C. 4103(22);
  3. Other California Tribes:
    • Applicant is listed on the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Federal Acknowledgement petitioner list pursuant to Title 25 C.F.R. Part 83 et seq.; or Applicant is an Indian Tribe located in California that is on the contact list maintained by the California Native American Heritage Commission for the purposes of consultation pursuant to section 65352.3 of the Government Code; and has organized a separate legal entity, either a non-profit or for-profit entity, in compliance with CCR Title 25, Section 8301(s) and it has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Department that the separate legal entity is controlled by the Tribal Applicant.

Eligible Applicants may apply individually or jointly with a city, county, Local Public Entity or a nonprofit or for-profit corporation, a limited liability company (LLC), and/or a limited partnership (LP) as a Co-Applicant.

Eligible Uses & Costs

Awarded funds must be used to develop permanent multifamily rental housing, which is affordable to the target population of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or for senior housing. The Department will consider proposals for other housing types on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their specific housing needs and housing plans during mandatory pre-application meetings.

Funds shall be used only for approved eligible costs incurred on the project to carry out the uses described in section 201, including interim or bridge loans used to pay such costs. In addition, costs must be necessary and consistent with the lowest reasonable cost of the project's scope and area, as determined by the Department.

The list of eligible uses and costs as follows:

  • Acquisition and/or rehabilitation, of motels, hotels, or other sites and assets, including homes, apartments or vacant land, manufactured housing, commercial properties, and other buildings with existing uses that could be converted to permanent housing;
  • Conversion of units from nonresidential to residential purposes;
  • New construction of dwelling units;
  • Relocation costs for individuals who are being displaced because of the Homekey Project; and,
  • Capitalized operating subsidies for units purchased, converted, constructed, or altered with funds provided pursuant to HSC section 50675.1.3.
  • Predevelopment activities including architectural, appraisal, engineering, legal costs and attorney fees and other consulting costs and fees, which are necessary and directly related to the planning and execution of the project, and which are incurred through third-party contracts;
  • Offsite improvements, such as sewers, utilities and streets, directly related to, and required by the Rental Housing Development;
  • Onsite improvements related to the Rental Housing Development;
  • Developer fee limits as specified in UMR Section 8312 shall apply, except on a non-tax credit new construction project where the developer fee shall not exceed the following:

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects include the new construction or rehabilitation of a rental housing development or conversion of a nonresidential structure to a rental housing development.

For purposes of calculating program grant amounts and for the purpose of determining compliance with program requirements -a rental housing development contains four or more units, a single-family house is considered to be one unit, and an apartment unit in an apartment building is considered to be one unit regardless of the number of bedrooms within the apartment unit.

No less than 49 percent of the units are restricted to occupancy by the target population.

The project must be located in Indian country or located on fee or trust land within the state of California.

For Grantees:

  • Capital funds must be expended within eight months of the date of the award.
  • All operating funds must be fully expended by June 30, 2025.
  • The Homekey Program and Expenditure Report will be due annually for five years, no later than January 31 for the prior calendar year of January 1 to December 31. The first report will be due January 31 following Standard Agreement execution during the prior January 1 through December 31 calendar year. If a contract was executed in January, the first report will be due the following January.

Anticipated Timeline for Homekey Tribal Program Applications

  • NOFA Release: June 2023
  • Application Release: July 2023
  • NOFA & Application Workshops: June - July 2023
  • Mandatory Pre-Application Meetings. Submit request and completed consult form to - Ongoing, beginning April 2023
  • Application Period Opens: August 1, 2023
  • Final Application Due Date: November 29, 2024 or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
  • Award Announcements: Continuous, beginning in November 2023
  • Standard Agreements Issued: Continuous, after the Department’s receipt of required information and documentation.
  • Disbursement (Liquidation) Deadline: June 30, 2025
  • Grantee Expenditure and Program Report, annually for five years after execution of Standard Agreement: Annually by January 31