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.
As a part of our policy and advocacy work, SDHF is taking a local leadership role in providing feedback to the lead state agency on the program and monitoring its design and implementation.
On May 24, 2017, SDHF convened a task group to discuss comments and feedback on the proposed program framework. The session was intended to inform SDHF members on the NPLH program framework, engage participants in discussion on how to improve the program, and provide the content of the comments to be submitted to HCD on SDHF’s behalf. The presentation provided by Simonne Ruff of CSH at the task group meeting can be found here. Read SDHF’s submitted comments here.