Special to the Vanguard
Sacramento, CA- Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that $567 million is now available statewide to build much-needed multifamily affordable housing as part of the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s second round of funding under a streamlined, combined application across four programs which have to date provided over $1.3 billion to expand affordable, climate-smart, multifamily housing in California.
“Despite challenging economic conditions, California is keeping our commitment to spur the development of needed housing in all 58 counties,” Governor Newsom said in a statement. “We’ll continue to provide major funding and resources, coupled with strict accountability measures, to tackle the housing shortage that threatens California’s growth and long-term prosperity.”
The first round of Multifamily Finance Super Notice of Funding Availability (Super NOFA) awards announced in February totaled more than $825 million and launched the development of 9,550 homes in 58 communities across California.
The Governor recently signed over 70 housing-related bills and 20 CEQA reform bills to cut red tape and get more housing built, faster.
Since taking office, the Newsom Administration, in partnership with the Legislature, has invested $30 billion in housing-related programs.
Governor Newsom says he has has focused on holding local governments accountable to planning for 2.5 million new homes by 2030, with at least one million of those homes being affordable housing – as required by state law.
“Governor Newsom has been resolute in addressing a housing supply deficit that has been decades in the making, and this new funding will lead to the construction of thousands of climate-friendly homes near economic opportunities,” said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez.
HCD is working to reduce barriers that constrain the growth of much-needed multifamily housing, making it easier for developers to apply to four different funding programs in a single application through the Super NOFA.
On Friday, HCD released guidelines for the $576 million 2023 Super NOFA, along with a notice of funding availability for the following programs:
- Multifamily Housing Program – $236 million
- Infill Infrastructure Grant Program – $168 million
- Joe Serna, Jr., Farmworker Housing Grant Program – $110 million
- Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program – $62 million
“HCD continues to innovate and collaborate with stakeholders to build more affordable housing faster,” said HCD Director Gustavo Velasquez. “This announcement of over $500 million to build multifamily affordable housing demonstrates our commitment to supporting cities and counties in meeting their affordable housing requirements.”
The Round 2 Super NOFA application portal opens June 1, with applications due by July 12 at 4:00 p.m. PST. Round 2 Super NOFA award announcements are anticipated in Winter 2023.
Secretary Ramirez added, “We look forward to applications from communities across the state to build homes for hard-working farmworkers, unhoused veterans and low-income Californians.”