On July 1, 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1206, the No Place Like Home (NPLH) Act of 2018, which dedicated 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.
Under the NPLH Program, funds may be used 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. The bonds are repaid by funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) will function as the lead in requesting funding from HCD, releasing the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), loan underwriting, and asset management. The Department of Mental Health will provide supportive services to the tenants in the NPLH-funded units, monitor the provision of services, and approve eligible tenants.
The NPLH Program requires use of low-barrier tenant selection practices that prioritize vulnerable populations and offer flexible, voluntary, and individualized supportive services. Funded projects are expected to help meet the housing needs of their communities, provide local economic development opportunities during construction, and assist in the alleviation of any local blighting conditions.
The initial NPLH NOFA makes available up to $207 million in capital funding for eligible permanent multifamily rental supportive housing units. Additionally, LACDA is designating the NPLH NOFA as a public notice of a competitive request for the award of a combined total of 380 Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs) and Project-Based Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (PBVASH) Vouchers. Eligible projects may apply for both NPLH Program capital financing and rental assistance from LACDA(within LACDA’s jurisdiction). Applications for PBVs and PBVASH vouchers must accompany a request for capital funding.