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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/financingto 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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