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Housing . Mark Refowitz, Behavioral Health Director Health Care Agency. MHSA One-Time Housing Funds. $ 9 million to: Build housing units for FSP clients Leverage other federal, state, local and private housing funds

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housing

Housing

Mark Refowitz, Behavioral Health Director

Health Care Agency

mhsa one time housing funds
MHSA One-Time Housing Funds

$ 9 million to:

  • Build housing units for FSP clients
  • Leverage other federal, state, local and private housing funds
  • Acquire, renovate, or “buy down” mortgage/financing to make units affordable
long term partnerships
Long Term Partnerships
  • Each housing development tied to an FSP
  • Client services provided by FSP’s
  • Potential for on-site staffing by FSP’s
hca and occs partnership
HCA and OCCS Partnership
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • OCCS to coordinate/facilitate use of one-time housing funds
  • HCA to provide direction and/or input on needs and coordination with services
notice of funding availability
Notice of Funding Availability
  • Part of OCCS Affordable Rental Housing “Notice of Funding Availability” (NOFA)
  • 2006 NOFA approved by the Board of Supervisors on October 24, 2006
mhsa housing program
MHSA Housing Program
  • Orange County allocation $33,158,300
    • $22 million housing development
    • $11 million operating subsidies
mhsa housing program1
MHSA Housing Program
  • Permanent financing – permanent supportive housing development
  • MHSA eligible individuals
  • Administered by CalHFA and DMH
mhsa housing program cont
MHSA Housing Program cont.
  • Fund 1/3 cost Rental Housing dev. – max $100,000 per MHSA unit
  • Fund full cost Shared Housing dev. – max $100,000 per MHSA bedroom
mhsa housing program cont1
MHSA Housing Program cont.
  • Shared Housing
    • Bedroom is a unit
    • Maximum number of bedrooms – 5
    • Single family homes, condos, half-plex
mhsa housing program cont2
MHSA Housing Program cont.
  • Rental Housing development
    • No less than MHSA 5 units
    • Apt 5 to 100 at least 10% MHSA units
    • Apt more than 100 at least 10 MHSA units
mhsa housing program cont3
MHSA Housing Program cont.
  • Applications submitted to CalHFA after:
    • HCA and OCCS review
    • Approval by BHS Director – Mark Refowitz
mhsa housing program2
MHSA Housing Program
  • Application can be downloaded on CalHFA website
    • http://www.calhfa.ca.gov/multifamily/mhsa/
housing design
Housing Design
  • One bedroom apartments
  • Community room with a kitchen
  • Office space for one staff per 10 – 15 MHSA tenants
  • Full kitchen and baths – each unit
  • Beautiful – blend in with the community
housing design cont
Housing Design cont.
  • Window coverings
  • Client input into design
  • Storage
  • Parking
  • On-site laundry services
housing design cont1
Housing Design cont.
  • Furnished and Unfurnished
  • Air conditioning
  • Services on-site and off-site
  • Cable and computer access
  • Smoking and non-smoking
  • Close to transportation, shopping, services
housing design cont2
Housing Design cont.
  • Safe neighborhood
  • Locations throughout the county
  • Rent at 30% of AMI
  • Low security deposits
  • 55 years of affordability
housing design cont3
Housing Design cont.
  • Minimum 5% of units accessible to physically disabled, 2% accessible to sensory disabled.
  • MHSA units mixed with general population
  • Prop Mgt experienced with special needs population
jackson aisle
Jackson Aisle
  • 29 unit studio apartment complex
  • Homeless adults with mental illness
  • Shelter Plus Care rental subsidies
  • Developers – A Community of Friends and HOMES, Inc.
  • Services – Health Care Agency
diamond apartment homes
Diamond Apartment Homes
  • 25 Apartment Complex
  • Homeless Families with special Needs
  • Project-based Section 8
  • Developers – Jamboree Housing and HOMES, Inc.
  • Services – Health Care Agency
diamond apartment homes1
Diamond Apartment Homes
  • Resident Service Center – 2,500 sf
    • Multipurpose room
    • Private offices
    • Demonstration kitchen
    • Computer Room
diamond apartment homes2
Diamond Apartment Homes
  • 15 One bedroom – 700 sf
  • 10 Two bedroom – 825 sf
  • Outdoor recreation areas
  • Covered and uncovered parking
projects under review
Projects Under Review
  • Senior Project in Aliso Viejo
    • 2 phases, over 150 units
    • MHSA in phase 1, 90 units/32 one-bedrooms for MHSA
    • Senior Center on-site
    • FSP - OASIS
projects under review1
Projects Under Review
  • Midway City Project
    • 130 units
    • 5 to 15 MHSA units
projects under review2
Projects Under Review
  • Shared Housing Anaheim – Rome House
    • 6 bedroom house for MHSA seniors
    • Developer – HOMES, Inc
    • FSP - OASIS
shelter plus care as of 2 09
Shelter Plus Care as of 2-09

415 leased tenants

  • 73% Mental Illness
  • 11% Substance Abuse
  • 16% HIV/AIDS
  • 5% Veterans
  • 35% Domestic Violence
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • NIMBY issues really matter
    • Developer and Service Provider need plan to address NIMBY issues
    • Get support key leaders
    • Enlist mental health friendly organizations to network
    • Lots of community meetings
    • Address neighborhood concerns
lessons learned1
Lessons Learned
  • Even with development $$$$ special needs housing may not be attractive to developers
    • Lack of developers with special needs experience
    • Market rate and affordable housing developers fear that services $$$ will dry up
    • Too much red tape and fear of population
lessons learned2
Lessons Learned
  • Communication is important
    • Early and continuing communication on a regular basis among developer, property mgt and service provider = success
    • Strong MOU
    • Even if you agree to all details of a project, it keeps evolving and everyone needs to remain on the same page
lessons learned3
Lessons Learned
  • Involving consumers in the planning process is vital
lessons learned4
Lessons Learned
  • Partnering with your local housing development agency is valuable
    • Experts in housing development
    • Access to local housing development funding
    • Access to developers and consultants
    • Reviews and advises on projects
lessons learned5
Lessons Learned
  • Stay vigilant – monitor funding source requirements
    • Developer may using funding sources with tenant population requirements that conflict or are too restrictive (homeless vs at risk of homeless, project based section 8 with narrow preferences)
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