Housing solutions for those who are homeless in Shasta County could be greatly helped in winter 2018, by No Place Like Home, IF Shasta County’s application is selected.
On July 1, 2016, Governor Brown signed landmark legislation enacting the No Place Like Home program to dedicate $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 at risk of chronic homelessness. The bonds are repaid by funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
Counties will be eligible applicants (either solely or with a housing development sponsor). Small Counties under 200,000 population will compete for funds with counties of similar size.
“Funding for permanent supportive housing must utilize low barrier tenant selection practices that prioritize vulnerable populations and offer flexible, voluntary, and individualized supportive services. Counties must commit to provide mental health services and help coordinate access to other community based supportive services.”
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has published a draft Proposed Program Framework of the No Place Like Home program. Public comments will be accepted from December 20, 2016 to January 31, 2017, with comments emailed to NPLH@hcd.ca.gov. By summer 2017 there will be a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) with releases of funds in Winter 2018.
HCD will be conducting a series of regional workshops throughout the state beginning January 2017 on the Draft Proposed Program Framework. You can register now to attend the workshop to be held on January 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m
to be held in the Redding City Hall Council Chambers (capacity 90), 777 Cypress Avenue Redding, CA and provide your input on the initial program design.
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Contact your Shasta County Board of Supervisor District representative to stress the importance of this application. The next Board of Supervisors meeting is January 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Mary Rickert and Steve Martin have been elected to replace Pam Giacomini and Bill Shappell in the 3rd and 4th Districts respectively. Richard Kuhns is Director of Shasta County Housing & Community Action Programs. Donnell Ewert is the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.