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In April 2013, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the allocation, through a “Notice of Funding Availability” (NOFA) process, of approximately $13.4 million of unrestricted General Funds for affordable housing purposes. These funds were derived from a one-time distribution of Housing Trust Funds held by former redevelopment agencies in San Mateo County. These unrestricted general funds – which initiated the County’s Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) – were set aside to provide financial assistance for the development of multifamily affordable rental housing and provision of emergency and transitional shelter in the County. The Board directed the County’s Department of Housing to develop allocation guidelines and recommend projects for funding.