Housing Development

2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability


The County of Orange released a 2nd addendum to the 2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Availability (NOFA) on May 27, 2021 as authorized at the May 25, 2021 Board of Supervisor's meeting. The 2nd Addendum to the 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA includes the following amendments:

  • Additional 157 Project-Based Vouchers
  • Addition of $6.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Federal HOME funds.

The purpose of the 2020 Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to make available up to $19.5 million in Orange County Housing Successor Agency funds, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds and/or Mental Health Services Act funds and Project-Based Vouchers to promote the acquisition, new construction and acquisition of Supportive Housing.

The amended 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA and application are available at this link.

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT will accept submissions for the 2020 NOFA on an over the counter basis per the terms of the NOFA. Funds and are available until the NOFA closes, is replaced by a new NOFA, or until all available funds are committed, whichever occurs first. Interested and qualified applicants who can successfully demonstrate their ability to provide supportive housing for extremely low-income households who are homeless are encouraged to submit proposals.

Effectively immediately, and until further notice, HCD will temporarily accept electronic submittals of applications for the NOFA. Developers will need to e-mail Michelle Zdeba at Michelle.Zdeba@occr.ocgov.com or Julia Bidwell at Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com a download link to the full and complete application. If HCD staff cannot download the application using the link provided, the Developer will be notified of a returned application and will need to re-submit/re-send a download link to the application. This temporary process will ensure that applications are still received on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The amended sections are indicated in the 2nd Addendum found at this link. All other sections, exhibits and attachments to the 2020 Supportive Housing NOFA not in the 2nd Addendum remain the same.

Please refer any questions to:

Michelle Zdeba
Housing & Community Development
1501 E. St. Andrew Pl, First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
714-480-2994 or

Julia Bidwell


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Mortgage Assistance Program

The County’s Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) provides silent (deferred payment) downpayment assistance loans to assist low-income first-time homebuyers (FTHB). Eligible FTHB’s annual income must not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The loans are designed to help with the down payment to purchase a home. The 3% simple interest, deferred payment loan has a 30 year term and a maximum loan amount of $80,000. Homebuyers must occupy the property as their primary residence. There is a 1% minimum down payment requirement for this program and the total sales prices shall not exceed 85% of the Orange County median sales price for all homes. All applicants are required to attend a homebuyer education workshop.

If you are interested in obtaining more information or an application for the MAP program, please contact our program administrator, Affordable Housing Clearinghouse at (949) 859-9255 or view their website at http://www.affordable-housing.org/.


No Place Like Home (NPLH)

Expression of Interest deadline has been extended through September 17, 2021!

Under the NPLH Program, the County is required to be a co-applicant with the development sponsor (developer).  As such, interested developers should submit the NPLH EOI for Competitive NPLH funds to HCA and OCCR no later than September 17, 2021, to ensure the County can obtain the required authorizations and Board Resolutions prior to the application deadline.

The County is pleased to announce an Expression of Interest (EOIprocess for parties interested in applying for Large County Competitive funding through the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program. The NPLH Program targets the creation of permanent supportive housing units for transition-age youth, adults and older  adults living with a serious mental disorder (as defined in Welfare and Institutions Code section 5600.3(b)), as well as seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents (as defined in Welfare and Institutions Code section 5600.3(a)).

Full details on the State Housing and Community Development (HCD) administered NPLH program can be found here: https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/nplh.shtml.

Interested parties will need to submit an EOI for eligible project(s) to Lisa Row at  ERow@ocha.com or Julia Bidwell at Julia.Bidwell@occr.ocgov.com, no later than September 17, 2021 to be considered for Round 4 Competitive funds (NOFA to be announced by HCD).   Should you have any questions, please contact Lisa Row, Program Manager, at (714) 850-8422 or via email at ERow@ocha.com.


Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Program Application Including Five-Year Plan

The PLHA Five Year Plan is a planning document that states the eligible PLHA activities to be undertaken by the County of Orange for the following five years. It includes the actual amount of the first year and an estimated amount during the five-year plan period. To receive an allocation of PLHA funds, the County must submit the approved plan along with the application to the State of California Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department.

For additional information and updates, please go to the Community Development page via this link: https://www.ochcd.org/community-development.