CSAC Bulletin Article

HCD Moves Housing Funding Workshops to Online-Only

March 19, 2020

SB 2 Permanent Local Housing Allocation Funding

In response to COVID-19, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is changing the Notice of Funding Availability workshop schedule for the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program (PLHA) entitlement and non-entitlement Local Government Formula Component. Instead of hosting the remaining workshops in person, HCD will now only be hosting them online.

CSAC supported SB 2 (Atkins, 2017), which established the PLHA program and provided a permanent on-going source of funding to local governments for housing-related projects and programs.

The upcoming webinars will be hosted at the dates and times below:

  • March 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register.
  • March 26, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register.

If you have already registered for these workshops, no further action is required. You will automatically be registered to attend the webinar. Webinar instructions will be sent to the email address you registered under.

A recording of the webinar will be posted on the PLHA webpage by April 2, 2020.

Please note: Pursuant to the PLHA Guidelines, jurisdictions must meet Housing Element and Annual Progress Report requirements stated in Section 302(a) and (b) in order to receive PLHA funds. See NOFA Appendix D for a list of ineligible jurisdictions as of the date of this notice. We acknowledge that many ineligible jurisdictions are in process of obtaining compliance, and they will be eligible for this program once compliance is obtained during the application period.

If you have any questions regarding the NOFA, Guidelines, or Application, please send them to the PLHA@hcd.ca.gov.

Transit-Oriented Development Housing Program

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released draft guidelines for the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Housing Program.

The primary goal of the Transit-Oriented Development Housing Program is to stimulate housing development near transit stations that include affordable units and promote the use of public transit. Under the program, low-interest loans are available as gap financing for rental housing developments that include affordable units. Grants are available to cities, counties, and transit agencies for infrastructure improvements necessary for the development of these housing projects or to facilitate connections between these developments and the transit station.

HCD will be hosting one more workshop on the TOD draft guidelines on March 24, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Register here.

For additional information, please visit HCD’s TOD webpage.

If you have questions, please email TOD@hcd.ca.gov.

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