PUBLIC NOTICE

The Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) program provides a permanent source of funding to cities and counties to help meet the unmet need for affordable housing and increase the supply of affordable housing units. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released its first Notice of Funding Availability for these funds on February 26, 2020.

HCD requires entitlement jurisdictions to use PLHA funds to increase the supply of affordable housing. In order to receive PLHA funds, the County of Los Angeles (County) is required to submit a PLHA Plan (Plan) detailing the manner in which allocated funds will be used; a description of the way the County will prioritize investments that increase the supply of housing for households at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI); a description of how the Plan is consistent with the programs set forth in the County’s Housing Element; and evidence that the Plan was authorized and adopted by resolution by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and that the public had an adequate opportunity to review and comment on its content.

The public comment period runs from June 9, 2020 through June 23, 2020.

Public comments are encouraged and should be submitted to Tanya Ortiz, Assistant Project Manager at Tanya.Ortiz@lacda.org or by mail at:

Los Angeles County Development Authority
Attn: Tanya Ortiz
700 W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

A public hearing on the PLHA 5-Year Plan will be held virtually before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on:

June 23, 2020 – 1:00 p.m.

http://bos.lacounty.gov/Board-Meeting/Public-Hearings

PLHA 5-Year Plan

  • View the PLHA Plan

    Click here to review the PLHA 5-Year Plan.
  • Additional Background on the PLHA

    In September 2017, the California Legislature approved Senate Bill 2 (SB 2), known as the Building Homes and Jobs Act (Act), which established a $75 recording fee on real estate documents to increase the supply of affordable housing. The Act establishes the Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) program administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The PLHA program provides a permanent source of funding to cities and counties to help meet the unmet need for affordable housing and increase the supply of affordable housing units. HCD released its first Notice of Funding Availability for these funds on February 26, 2020.

    Under the PLHA program, funding is provided through formula grants to entitlement jurisdictions based on the formula prescribed under federal law for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program over a five-year funding period, as well as through a competitive grant program to non-entitlement jurisdictions. The County of Los Angeles (County) is an entitlement jurisdiction and is eligible to receive an estimated $66 million over the five-year funding period. It is important to note that the annual PLHA amounts are estimates based on projected generated revenue from the $75 recording fee and are subject to change, as actual real estate transactions fluctuate from year to year. According to HCD, the County will receive first-year funds of $11,025,126 in October 2020 (FY 21).

    The State requires entitlement jurisdictions to use PLHA funds to increase the supply of affordable housing. In order to receive PLHA funds, the County is required to submit a PLHA 5-Year Plan (Plan) detailing the manner in which allocated funds will be used; a description of the way the Local government will prioritize investments that increase the supply of housing for households at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI); a description of how the Plan is consistent with the programs set forth in the County’s Housing Element; and evidence that the Plan was authorized and adopted by resolution by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and that the public had an adequate opportunity to review and comment on its content.