No Place Like Home Program
New! NPLH 2018 Optional Shared Housing Designation Forms
New! 2018 NPLH Alternative Process County Designation Form
New! 2018 NPLH Noncompetitive Allocation
No Place Like Home Program Guidelines
Notice of Validation Action (PDF)
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. Learn more about the No Place Like Home program in this slide presentation (PDF).
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 who are at risk of chronic homelessness. The bonds are repaid by funding from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
Key features of the program include:
- Counties will be eligible applicants (either solely or with a housing development sponsor).
- 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.
Adults with serious mental illness, or children with severe emotional disorders and their families and persons who require or are at risk of requiring acute psychiatric inpatient care, residential treatment, or outpatient crisis intervention because of a mental disorder with symptoms of psychosis, suicidality or violence and who are homeless, chronically homeless, or at risk of chronic homelessness.
At risk of chronic homelessness includes persons who are at high risk of long-term or intermittent homelessness, including persons with mental illness exiting institutionalized settings, transition age youth experiencing homelessness or with significant barriers to housing stability.
- Notice of Validation Action (PDF) - 9/27/2017
- Competitive Program (up to $1.8 billion for multiple funding rounds)
First Round Funding: $263.6 million:
- $242.6 million
- $21 million small county set-aside (8 percent of each competitive round)
- Over-the-Counter Program ($200 million)
- Technical Assistance ($6.2 million)
Counties will compete for funding with counties of similar size:
- Los Angeles County
- Large counties (population greater than 750,000)
- Medium counties (population between 200,000 to 750,000)
- Small counties (population less than 200,000)
|Initial Research / Stakeholder Outreach||Fall 2016|
|Framework Release / Start of First Public Comment Period||Fall 2016|
|End of First Public Comment Period||Winter 2017|
|Guidelines Development||Spring 2017|
|Guidelines Draft Release / Start of Second Public Comment Period||Spring 2017|
|End of Second Public Comment Period||Summer 2017|
|Completion of Guidelines||Summer 2017|
|Begin Validation Action||Fall 2017|
|Lower Court Decision Expected||Spring 2018|
|Release of NOFA||Summer 2018*|
*This date is subject to the completion of the court validation action.
- New! 2018 NPLH Optional Shared Housing Designation Forms (DOC)
- New! 2018 NPLH Alternative Process County Designation Form (DOC)
- New! 2018 NPLH Noncompetitive Allocation (PDF)
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to publish the Draft NPLH Program Guidelines. Public comments on the Draft NPLH Program Guidelines will be accepted from April 28, 2017 through May 30, 2017. Please submit comments to NPLH@hcd.ca.gov.
- New! No Place Like Home Program Guidelines (PDF)
- NPLH Draft Program Guidelines Memo (PDF)
- NPLH Draft Program Guidelines (PDF)
- NPLH PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
- NPLH Formula Allocation (PDF)
- NPLH 4% Loan Limit Spreadsheet (PDF)
- NPLH 9% Loan Limit Spreadsheet (PDF)
- Technical Assistance Guidelines - Redline Mark Up (PDF) – Amended 10/17/17
- Technical Assistance Guidelines - Final Version (PDF) – Amended 10/17/17
- Technical Assistance NOFA - On NOFAs page click on "No Place Like Home Program (NPLH)" (4/10/17)
Help Shape the No Place Like Home Program Attend a Regional Workshop
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is seeking public input on the design of the new No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program -- a program for counties to fund the development of permanent supportive housing for persons with mental illness who are chronically homeless, at risk of chronic homelessness, or homeless.
Help Shape the Program: Provide Your Input HCD is hosting the following workshops to present the program design on the NPLH "draft program guidelines." Learn more.
HCD conducted a series of regional workshops throughout the State and the public comment period has closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and comments. HCD is currently scheduled to release the program guidelines for public comment in spring 2017.
Workshop Dates and Locations
Redding – May 4, 2017
Riverside – May 8, 2017
Oakland – May 11, 2017
|WEBINAR – May 19, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Register to attend
Visalia – May 22, 2017
New! - No Place Like Home, Alternative Process County Designation Requirements (YouTube) - 7/12/2018
New! - No Place Like Home, Optional Shared Housing County Designation Requirements (YouTube) - 7/10/2018
New! - No Place Like Home, Optional Shared Housing County Designation Requirements (YouTube) - 7/9/2018
NPLH Program Webinar (YouTube) - 5/29/2017
Draft Framing Webinar Paper Webinar (YouTube) - 1/26/2017
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to publish the Draft Proposed Program Framework of the No Place Like Home Program. Public comments on the Proposed Program Framework will be accepted from December 20, 2016, to January 31, 2017. Please submit comments to NPLH@hcd.ca.gov.
No Place Like Home Program – Advisory Committee Meeting
The Advisory Committee for the No Place Like Home Program has been assembled.
The second meeting will be held on May 18, 2017 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM at
Department of Housing and Community Development
2020 W. El Camino Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 402 A/B
Sacramento, CA 95833
Conference Line 888-808-6929, Participant Code 2637436
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New! May 18, 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting:
- 5/18/17 Meeting Announcement (PDF)
- 5/18/17 Agenda (PDF)
- 5/18/17 Presentation (PDF)
- 5/18/17 Draft Program Guidelines (PDF)
- 5/18/17 Draft Program Guidelines Background and Issues for Consideration (PDF)
- 5/18/17 Attachments
- 5/18/17 Committee Roster (PDF)
March 23, 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting:
- 3/23/17 Agenda (PDF)
- 3/23/17 Presentation (PowerPoint)
- 3/23/17 Attachments (PDF)
- New! Meeting Minutes (PDF)
The No Place Like Home Advisory Committee is comprised of 15 members, including State agencies, and Governor and legislative appointees. The Advisory Committee will assist and advise HCD in the implementation of the program, review and make recommendations on program guidelines, and review the progress in distributing awards. Please refer to links below for member application process.
- Ben Metcalf, Director of Housing and Community Development, Chair
- Mari Cantwell, Director of Health Care Services or Designee
- Karen Baylor, Department of Health Care Services Additional Representative
- Keith Boylan, Secretary of Veterans Affairs or Designee
- Alicia Sutton, Director of Social Services or Designee
- Vince Brown (Tim Schaefer – Alternate), State Treasurer or Designee
- Toby Ewing (Brian R. Sala – Alternate), Chair of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission or Designee
- Robert Bendorf, Chief Administrative Officer or Member of a County Board of Supervisors, Small County
- Patrick Kennedy, Chief Administrative Officer or Member of a County Board of Supervisors, Large County
- Alfredo Aguirre, Director of a County Behavioral Health Department
- Jaqueline "Jacky" Morales-Ferrand, Administrative Officer of a City
- Albert Jones, Resident of Supportive Housing
- Dr. Va Lecia Adams-Kellum, Representative of a Local or Regional Continuum of Care Organization that Coordinates Homelessness Funding
Senate Rules Committee Appointee:
- Maggie Merritt, Representative of a Community Mental Health Organization
Speaker of the Assembly Appointee:
- Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa, Representative of an Affordable Housing Organization
The online application for appointment for the Advisory Committee with Place Like Home Advisory Committee.
Senate Rules: State Capitol, Room 3016, Sacramento, CA 95814
Speaker of the Assembly: State Capitol, Room 219, Sacramento, CA 95814
Email No Place Like Home Program. For additional information, please contact 916-263-2707.
Plans & Reports
- 2015-2025 Statewide Housing Plan
- California Inter-Regional Partnership (IRP) Program Final Report (2005)
- The Future of Infill Housing: Opportunities, Potential, Feasibility and Demand (2005)
- Recommendations of the Interagency Task Force on Homelessness (2003)
- Raising the Roof - California Housing Development Projections and Constraints (2001)
- Housing: California's Foundation for Economic Growth (PDF)
- Draft Substantial Amendment to 2015-16 Annual Action Plan and Public Notice (PDF)
- 2010-2015 California Consolidated Plan
- Annual Plan, CAPER (updated annually)