Programs: Active - Funding Next 12 Months

These programs either have funding currently available for application or will be announcing a notice of funding availability (NOFA) in the next 12 months.


The 2021-22 state budget appropriated $1.75 billion to fund a new HCD program, California Housing Accelerator. The California Housing Accelerator program is funded with monies received from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund established by the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC)

The AHSC funds land use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects that support infill and compact development and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Funds are available in the form of loans and/or grants in two kinds of project areas:  Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project Areas and Integrated Connectivity (ICP) Project Areas.  There is an annual competitive funding cycle.


CalHOME makes grants to local public agencies and nonprofit corporations to assist first-time homebuyers become or remain homeowners through deferred-payment loans. Funds can also be used to assist in the development of multiple-unit ownership projects.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

CDBG makes funds available in four categories:  Community Development (CD), Economic Development (ED), Community Services and Housing Activities, and Disaster Recovery Initiative (DRI).  CDBG grants can be used broadly but are primarily used to provide a suitable living environment by expanding economic opportunities and providing decent housing to low-income households.  Funds are available in California communities that do not receive CDBG funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  There is an annual competitive funding cycle for all except Economic Development, which has an over-the-counter Notice of Funding Availability process.

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program — for Local Governments, Tribes, and Utilities (ERAP)

ERAP is for local governments within California seeking Emergency Rental Assistance Funds under California Senate Bill (SB) 91 — from California’s State Rental Assistance Program and/or a block grant.

Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG)

ESG makes grant funds available for projects serving homeless individuals and families through eligible non-profit organizations or local governments.  ESG funds can be used for supportive services, emergency shelter/transitional housing, homelessness prevention assistance, and providing permanent housing.  Funds are available in California communities that do not receive ESG funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Funding is announced annually through a Notice of Funding Availability.

Excess Sites Local Government Matching Grants Program (LGMG)

The LGMG provides grant funding to support and accelerate selected affordable housing projects on excess state sites.

Golden State Acquisition Fund (GSAF)

GSAF was seeded with $23 million from the Department’s Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. Combined with matching funds, GSAF makes up to five-year loans to developers for acquisition or preservation of affordable housing. Loans are a maximum of $13,950,000. Funds are made available over the counter. Contact a fund manager for more information.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

HOME assists cities, counties, and non-profit community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to create and retain affordable housing for lower-income renters or owners.  HOME funds are available as loans for housing rehabilitation, new construction, and acquisition and rehabilitation of single- and multifamily projects and as grants for tenant-based rental assistance.  At least 50 percent of the amount is awarded to rural applicants and 15 percent is set aside for CHDOs.  Funds are available in California communities that do not receive HOME funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Funding is announced annually through a Notice of Funding Availability. 


The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides $5 billion to assist individuals or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and non-congregate shelter, to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country.


Homekey provides grants to local entities (including cities, counties, and other local public entities such as housing authorities and federally recognized tribes) to acquire and rehabilitate a variety of housing types — such as hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, and residential care facilities — in order to serve people experiencing homelessness or who are also at risk of serious illness from COVID-19

Housing for a Healthy California (HHC)

HHC provides funding on a competitive basis to deliver supportive housing opportunities to developers using the federal National Housing Trust Funds (NHTF) allocations for operating reserve grants and capital loans. The Department will also utilized from a portion of moneys collected in calendar year 2018 and deposited into the Building Homes and Jobs Trust Fund to provide funding through grants to counties for capital and operating assistance. Funds will be announced through a Notice of Funding Availability.

Housing Navigators Program

Housing Navigators Program allocates $5 million in funding to counties for the support of housing navigators to help young adults aged 18 years and up to 21 years secure and maintain housing, with priority given to young adults in the foster care system.

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (IIG)

IIG provides grant funding for infrastructure improvements for new infill housing in residential and/or mixed-use projects.  Funds are made available through a competitive application process. 

Joe Serna, Jr., Farmworker Housing Grant (FWHG)

FWHG makes grants and loans for development or rehabilitation of rental and owner-occupied housing for agricultural workers with priority for lower-income households.

Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grants

The Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) program assist cities and counties to plan for housing through providing over-the-counter, non-competitive planning grants.

Local Housing Trust Fund Program (LHTF)

Affordable Housing Innovation's LHTFlends money for construction of rental housing projects with units restricted for at least 55 years to households earning less than 60 percent of area median income.  State funds matches local housing trust funds as downpayment assistance to first-time homebuyers.

Mobilehome Park Rehabilitation and Resident Ownership Program (MPRROP)

MPRROP makes short- and long-term low interest rate loans for the preservation of affordable mobilehome parks for ownership or control by resident organizations, nonprofit housing sponsors, or local public agencies.  MPRROP also makes long-term loans to individuals to ensure continued affordability.  Funds are made available through a competitive process in response to a periodic Notice of Funding AvailabilityNOTE: Currently, MPRROP is accepting applications on an over-the-counter basis.

Multifamily Housing Program (MHP)

MHP makes low-interest, long-term deferred-payment permanent loans for new construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of permanent and transitional rental housing for lower-income households. 

National Housing Trust Fund

National Housing Trust Fund is a permanent federal program with dedicated source(s) of funding not subject to the annual appropriations.  The funds can be used to increase and preserve the supply of affordable housing, with an emphasis on rental housing for extremely low-income households (ELI households, with incomes of 30 percent of area median or less).  This year California is receiving approximately $10.1 Million for the program. Subscribe to the Multifamily Housing Programs e-mail list to receive notification of their availability.  Funds will be made available through a competitive process and will be announced through a Notice of Funding Availability.

No Place Like Home

The No Place Like Home Program will have $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.

Pet Assistance and Support (PAS) Program

Pet Assistance and Support provides funds to homeless shelters for shelter, food and basic veterinary services for pets owned by individuals experiencing homelessness.

Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA)

Permanent Local Housing Allocation provides a permanent source of funding to all local governments in California to help cities and counties implement plans to increase the affordable housing stock.

Predevelopment Loan Program (PDLP)

PDLP makes short-term loans for activities and expenses necessary for the continued preservation, construction, rehabilitation or conversion of assisted housing primarily for low-income households.  Availability of funding is announced through a periodic Notice of Funding Availability.  Eligible applicants include local government agencies, non-profit corporations, cooperative housing corporations, and limited partnerships or limited liability companies where all the general partners are non-profit mutual or public benefit corporations.

Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grants

The Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) program helps council of governments (COGs) and other regional entities collaborate on projects that have a broader regional impact on housing. Grant funding is intended to help regional governments and entities facilitate local housing production that will assist local governments in meeting their Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA).

SB 2 Planning Grants Program

The SB 2 Planning Grants program provides one-time funding and technical assistance to all eligible local governments in California to adopt, and implement plans and process improvements that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production. Eligible activities include updating a variety of planning documents and processes such as general plans and zoning ordinances, conducting environmental analyses, and process improvements that expedite local planning and permitting. The planning grants program is funded through the Building Homes and Jobs Act Trust Fund (SB 2, Chapter 364, Statutes of 2017). HCD intends on releasing the NOFA in March of 2019.

Section 811 Project Rental Assistance

Section 811 Project Rental Assistance offers long-term project-based rental assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through a collaborative partnership among the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC).  Opportunities to apply for this project-based assistance are through a Notice of Funding Availability published by CalHFA . NOTE: Currently funds are available on an over-the-counter basis.

Transitional Housing Program

The Transitional Housing Program allocates $8 million in funding to counties for the purpose of housing stability to help young adults 18 to 25 years secure and maintain housing, with priority given to young adults formerly in the foster care or probation systems.

Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program (VHHP)

VHHP makes long-term loans for development or preservation of rental housing for very low- and low-income veterans and their families.   Funds are made available to sponsors who are for-profit or nonprofit corporations and public agencies.  Availability of funds is announced annually through a Notice of Funding Availability.