Applications Due April 27 For First $75 Million
Sacramento – The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released its first Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the state's Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program (VHHP) on February 25, 2015. The VHHP will fund construction of permanent and transitional housing for homeless Veterans, Veterans with disabilities, and general affordable housing for low income Veterans and their families, regardless of the Veteran's discharge status.
"The State of California is committed to ending and preventing homelessness for our Veterans and their families," said Debbie Endsley, Acting Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet). "We are very pleased to be working with our State and community partners to create high quality, service-enriched housing opportunities for our Veterans who sacrificed so much for us."
The VHHP program is administered by HCD. The program guidelines emphasize the development of housing that provides support programs for Veterans with identified service needs. Applications from affordable housing developers seeking to construct housing for Veterans are due to HCD by April 27, 2015, with awards scheduled to be announced in June 2015.
As of January, 2014, an estimated 12,000 homeless Veterans live in California, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. VHHP is funded by a $600 million bond measure approved by voters as Proposition 41 on California's June 2014 election ballot. The first NOFA will distribute approximately $75 million.
For more information about the VHHP and NOFA, please visit http://www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/vets/.