A large percentage of the loan programs administered by the CDC go toward assisting in the development and construction or renovation of multifamily rental housing for Special Needs populations. Eligible projects applying for funding under a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) must be new construction, or acquisition with substantial rehabilitation, providing at least 15 units of permanent rental housing. Affordable rents and income restrictions are required in exchange for favorable loan terms. Eligible applicants include non-profit and for-profit organizations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, public agencies, other local jurisdictions, and joint ventures among any of these entities. Apartment buildings or complexes that receive financing assistance from the CDC are required to submit annual compliance reports which are monitored by the CDC staff.
Proposed developments that are located within 500 feet of a freeway are now eligible, with the following restrictions. If any portion of a proposed development site is within 500 feet of a freeway, the project must be designed in such a way as to exclude from this 500-foot freeway “buffer” area any portion of the residential building. Play areas, community rooms, gardens, patios, and other areas where residents may reasonably be expected to congregate shall also be excluded from the buffer area. An example of a suitable use within the 500-foot freeway buffer is a parking lot. The CDC shall review and approve, at its sole discretion, any site plans for developments of this type.
The CDC will issue two NOFAs per year, which will allow project sponsors to meet both first and second tax credit rounds. To receive notification regarding CDC NOFAs, please visit the NOFA Email Subscription page.
Fair Housing and Accessibility Requirements for Affordable and Special Needs Multifamily Rental Properties
In accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (if applicable), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and the Unruh Civil Rights Act of California, it is the policy of the CDC and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, that residential rental properties that receive funding, service, or program assistance must adhere to all applicable federal and state laws and requirements related to Fair Housing and Accessibility.
Click here for the CDC's guidelines pertaining to the fair housing, affirmative marketing, tenant selection, and accessibility for projects receiving NOFA funding.
Mental Health Housing Program: Alternative Housing Models
NOFA Term Sheet Mental Health Housing Program: Alternative Housing Models
NOFA – Mental Health Housing Funds: Alternative Housing Models
Appendix 1 – Application