On July 1, 2016, Governor Brown signed landmark legislation enacting the No Place Like Home program to dedicate 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. The bonds are repaid by funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The No Place Like Home Program (NPLH) provides funding and tools that allow the State Department of Housing and Community Development (State HCD) to address affordability issues associated with creating housing units that are specifically set aside for persons with serious mental illness who are chronically homeless, homeless, or at-risk of being chronically homeless. For detailed information on the NPLH program and guidelines, visit the State HCD's No Place Like Home webpage.
NPLH Application Process
The San Mateo County Department of Housing (DOH) and the County's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) office seek potential development partners with affordable housing projects in active pre-development to partner with the County to apply for NPLH funding. To express interest in partnering with the County, please e-mail Judy Davila (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ray Hodges (email@example.com) and Tracy Choi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide a narrative description of the proposed project, a list and contact information of development team members, a preliminary project budget, and evidence of the development team's experience housing and providing supportive services to homeless households with mental illnesses.