Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..

California State Budget Summary: Allocations for Housing and Homelessness

By: Alfred Fraijo Jr.
July 31, 2019 —

On June 26, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fiscal Year 2019-20 State Budget into law. The State’s fiscal year begins July 1st and funding will be available by end of July 2019. The approved budget allocates $2.4 billion to help address homelessness and affordable housing needs, and includes:[1]

  • Short-term planning and infill infrastructure grants;
  • Funding for housing tax credits and moderate‑income housing production;
  • General Fund one‑time funding for homelessness;
  • Funding for permanent supportive housing;
  • Proposals and procedures for innovative development of State property for affordable housing.

1. Short-Term Planning and Infill Infrastructure Grants

The budget allocates $500 million for the Infill Infrastructure Grant Program administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This program provides assistance, available as gap funding to infrastructure improvements required for specific residential or mixed-use infill development. All of the funds are allocated through a competitive process.

  • To be eligible for funding, a Capital Improvement Project[2] must be an integral part of, or necessary for the development of a “Qualifying Infill Project,” which is generally a discrete residential or mixed-use residential project in an urban area seeking to include least 15% affordable units in the project.[3] Eligible activities include new construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, demolition, relocation, and physical improvements.
  • Projects can receive a minimum of $500,000 and up to $5 million for eligible costs.
  • Non-profit or for-profit developers may be applicants, either solely or as a jointly with a local government or public housing authority.
  • Application here: http://hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/iigp.shtml#eligible

2.Funding for Housing Tax Credits and Moderate-Income Housing Production

The budget allocates $500 million in 2020, and up to $500 million in 2021, for new low income housing tax credits. At least $300 million is to be available for new construction projects that pair with the underutilized 4% federal tax credit program, and up to $200 million may be awarded to projects receiving assistance from the California Housing Finance Agency’s Mixed-Income Loan Program, which provides a lower subsidy than traditional state housing programs. The legislation also lifts the annual $75,000 cap on state housing credits previously allowed to be claimed by each individual. Additionally, it permits permanent developers to sell state credits to unrelated investors who are not also buying federal credits.

3. General Fund One-Time Funding for Homelessness

The budget allocates $650 million in one-time funding for emergency shelters, navigation centers or supportive housing. An applicant, which can be a city, county, or “Continuum of Care,”[4] must submit a grant proposal to newly-created The Homeless Aid for Planning and Shelter Program through the Department of Finance. The applicant can partner with developers for these projects. Under the budget, $100 million is available to existing Continuums of Care and $275 million to cities and counties with more than 300,000 people.

  • Application portal pending.

4. Funding for Permanent Supportive Housing

$2 billion is allocated for the development of permanent supportive housing. Eligible applicants are counties, either solely or with a housing development sponsor.

5. Innovative Development of Excess State Property

In January 2019, the Governor issued Executive order N-06-19[5] requiring departments to identify excess state properties for developing affordable housing units. The budget allocates $3.4 million (one-time) and $782,000 (ongoing) to solicit affordable housing developers to build projects that use creative and streamlined approaches to building affordable and mixed-income housing. Affordable housing developers selected through a competitive process will receive low-cost, long-term ground leases of excess state property. As they will not need upfront capital to purchase the land and will not need to wait for local review processes, affordable housing developers will have greater flexibility to use innovative techniques to produce units more quickly and cost-efficiently than a traditional project.

*Felipe Hernández is a summer associate in Sheppard Mullin’s Los Angeles office.

[1]The final budget will be available in July 2019, see http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/. For the most recent description of the budget see League of Cities, “State Budget Sent to Governor Continues Prudent Approach; Trailer Bills to Follow,” (June 14, 2019) (https://www.cacities.org/Top/News/News-Articles/2019/June/State-Budget-Sent-to-Governor-Continues-Prudent-Ap#sthash.mtuUpScl.dpuf).

[2] A Capital Improvement Project is a project that helps maintain or improve a government asset, such as infrastructure.

[3] See HCD, “2016-2017 Guidelines,” Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (IIG) (http://hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/active-funding/iigp.shtml#eligible).

[4] A Continuum of Case is a system that guides and tracks patients over time through a comprehensive array of health services spanning all levels and intensity of care

[5] See California Department of General Services. “Executive Order N-06-19 Affordable Housing Development: Development of State Owned Property,” (https://www.dgs.ca.gov/RESD/Projects/Page-Content/Projects-List-Folder/Executive-Order-N-06-19-Affordable-Housing-Development).

This article courtesy of JD Supra


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