No Place Like Home Program

New! - Guidelines Regional Workshops
New! - Technical Assistance NOFA - On NOFAs page click on "No Place Like Home Program (NPLH)" (4/10/17)
Draft Proposed Program Framework
(December 2016) (PDF)
Regional Workshops (January 2017) (PDF)


(916) 263-2312


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).

Background Information

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.

Population to be Served

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.

Funds Available

  • Competitive Program ($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)

Preliminary Time Frame

  • Initial research and stakeholder outreach - Fall 2016
  • Advisory Committee meeting begins - Winter 2016   
  • Release of framework paper and start of public comment period - Winter 2016
  • Guideline development  - Spring 2017
  • Completion of guidelines and Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) - Summer 2017
  • NOFA Release - Winter 2018*
    *Release timing subject to validation process

Program Guidelines  

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 in the NPLH "draft program guidelines," which will be posted on this webpage on or about April 28, 2017. Learn more

Workshop Dates and Locations

Redding – May 4, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
City Hall
777Cypress Ave.
Redding, CA 96001
Register to attend  

Riverside – May 8, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Public Library
9556 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92503  
Register to attend

Oakland – May 11, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Commission Board Room
1619 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Register to Attend

WEBINAR – May 19, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Register to attend

Visalia – May 22, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Chambers Room – Capacity 60
2800 W. Burrel Ave.
Visalia, CA 93291
Register to attend


Draft Framing Paper

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

Regional Workshops

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. If you missed the workshops, you can listen to the recorded Webinar. HCD is currently scheduled to release the program guidelines for public comment in spring 2017.

Advisory Committee

No Place Like Home Program – Advisory Committee Meeting

The Advisory Committee for the No Place Like Home Program has been assembled. 
The first meeting will be held on March 23, 2017 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM 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

Subscribe to receive email updates on the No Place Like Home program and related events.

March 23, 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting:

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.

Committee Members

  • 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, Chair of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission or Designee

Governor’s Appointees:

  • 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
  • Vacant, Resident of Supportive Housing
  • 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

Contact Information

Email No Place Like Home Program. For additional information, please contact 916-263-2312.

Back to Top

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)