Streamlined Multifamily Housing Application Implementation (AB 434)
A One-Stop Shop for Affordable Housing Developers
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), is working to make our multifamily housing program funds accessible to more developers and communities, more equitable in serving the lowest-income Californians, and more targeted to the right places to achieve better outcomes in health, climate, and household stability.
Streamlining the implementation of state funding resources is an important first step in changing the way HCD and our partners do business to better serve Californians in need of affordable homes.
Assembly Bill 434 (Chapter 192, Statutes 2020) streamlines seven of HCD’s rental housing programs to align eligibility criteria, scoring and release of funds allowing for coordinated and concurrent single application and award process• Multifamily Housing Program (MHP)
• Veteran Housing and Homeless Prevention Program (VHHP)
• Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program (Serna)
• Transit-Oriented Development Program (TOD)
• Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (IIG)
• Housing for Healthy California Program (HHC)
AB 434 goals include furthering state policy objectives of equity, aligning with the state Tax Credit and Bond Allocation programs and providing consistent definitions, thresholds, and scoring for programs.
HCD is currently working on finalizing overarching 2022 Multifamily Housing Program (MHP) Guidelines, which will serve as the cornerstone to simplify several programs into one funding opportunity – the Super NOFA – and one application consistent with the requirements of AB 434.
- 2022 MHP Guidelines and Beyond: What's Changing at HCD (AB 434) - (YouTube)
- 2022 MHP Draft Guidelines (public comment accepted through 8/6/21) (PDF)
- Statement of Reasons (PDF)
Implementation Steps and Timeline
Engagement and Education
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Prior Outreach Efforts
- In summer 2021, HCD hosted a series of five webinars to present the key changes in the MHP Draft Guidelines, receive feedback, and answer questions.
The sessions explained the connection between MHP Guidelines and AB 434 and solicited early feedback as HCD works toward consistency with other funding programs and builds a new application portal.