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SACRAMENTO March 11, 2020 – On the heels of Governor Newsom’s statewide homelessness tour, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announces awards totaling $427.9 million from the No Place Like Home program. No Place Like Home dedicates up to $2 billion in bond funds to build permanent housing with supportive services for Californians who live with severe mental illness and are experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness, or are at-risk of chronic homelessness. The bonds will be repaid by funding from California’s Mental Health Services Act.
“The No Place Like Home awards are a key part of the state’s continued collaboration across all levels of government and communities to take urgent, meaningful action to address California’s homelessness crisis,” said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary, Lourdes Castro Ramírez. “By teaming up to provide permanent housing and supportive services, our hope is fewer Californians will experience homelessness by finding safe, affordable homes.”
These awards follow Governor Newsom’s statewide tour on homelessness, 100-day challenge to cities and counties, and announcement of 286 state-owned properties immediately available to cities and counties to use for homelessness solutions. Governor Newsom also released $650 million for the state Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program, included more than $1 billion in his proposed budget, and continues to challenge cities and counties to partner with the state on immediate impact solutions to tackle homelessness.
The awarded counties represent jurisdictions with five percent or more of the state’s homeless population that have self-selected to be “Alternative Process Counties,” which allows them to administer their own competitive distributions of No Place like Home funding within their respective jurisdictions.
The next round of competitive No Place Like Home funding is scheduled to be announced this summer.
For additional information and questions regarding the No Place Like Home program, visit the NPLH webpage or email NPLH@hcd.ca.gov.