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 County is in the process of drawing down approximately $1.74 million in “noncompetitive” NPLH funding in 2019, and these funds were included in San Mateo County’s Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) 7.0 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).  Housing Developers who wish to apply for any portion of these NPLH funds should do so by submitting an AHF 7.0 application in response to the June 13th, 2019 AHF 7.0 NOFA.  Additional details are included in the NOFA and application.

The San Mateo County Department of Housing (DOH) and the County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) office also seek potential development partners with affordable housing projects in active predevelopment to partner with the County and apply for NPLH “competitive” funds in the fall of 2019 (as well as future State HCD NPLH NOFAs).  To express interest in partnering with the County to apply for the competitive NPLH funds in fall of 2019 or thereafter, please email Judy Davila (c_jdavila@smcgov.org), Ray Hodges (rhodges@smchousing.org), and Rose Cade (rcade@smchousing.org) as soon as possible.  Potential applicant partners also need to provide project details for County consideration.  For projects seeking AHF 7.0 funding, the AHF 7.0 application covers this purpose and includes an option to indicate interest in applying for NPLH competitive funds.  Developers of projects not seeking AHF 7.0 funds also have the opportunity to partner with the County to apply for NPLH competitive funds in fall 2019, and will need to submit a shorter project application summary.  While reaching out the County representatives listed above, developers of projects not seeking AHF 7.0 funding should include the following materials in their request for a NPLH meeting:

  • Project narrative including projections for unit count, population(s) to be housed, income limits, project timeline, and other important project details;
  • Budget projections including development budget, projected sources, annual income and expense projections, and 30 year operating proforma; and
  • Development, property management, and service provision experience of the development team including developer, property manager, and service provider.