CSAC Bulletin Article

Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program NOFA Amendment

October 13, 2022

The 2022 Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) application deadline has been extended to November 30, 2022. Jurisdictions throughout California can use this opportunity to apply for their 2019, 2020, and 2021 available funds. The 2019 PLHA funds have an encumbrance deadline of December 31, 2022 so if your jurisdiction has not applied for your 2019 funds, it is critical to apply by that November 30, 2022 deadline or 2019 funds will revert to other uses according to state law.

Currently more than 150 jurisdictions still have 2019 funds they have not applied for – the time is now! Please review Appendix A of the NOFA to view how much your jurisdiction has available in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Updated Housing Element Guidance – Compliance Required by Time of Award

Revisions to the housing element compliance requirements have changed to allow jurisdictions to apply while they are still working toward housing element compliance. Jurisdictions can receive awards if they are compliant by time of award, which will be made no later than February 28, 2023. Jurisdictions that are within 120 days of their housing element due date, may use the prior cycle’s compliance to determine eligibility for an award.

If your jurisdiction is currently compliant this is a great time to apply. If you are still working towards compliance, you should still apply!

The PLHA provides funding to local governments in California for housing-related projects and programs that assist in addressing the unmet housing needs of their local communities. The funding supports increasing the supply of housing for households at or below 60% of area median income; providing assistance to affordable owner-occupied workforce housing; assisting persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness; facilitating housing affordability, particularly for lower- and moderate-income households, and more. 

Application materials and the online submission portal are available on the PLHA webpage.

Questions? Please email PLHA@hcd.ca.gov.

For more information, visit the PLHA webpage.

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