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Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program (VHHP)

Grants to California Eligible Entities to
Develop Housing for Veterans

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California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

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02/13/20 5:00 PM PST Receipt


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Grants to California eligible entities to develop affordable housing options for military veterans. Funding is intended for the renovation of existing buildings, or the purchase and development of affordable multifamily housing for veterans and their families. This grant program is for the benefit of veterans in the state of California.

VHHP assistance shall be provided as post-construction, permanent loans. VHHP loans shall be secured by the project’s real property and improvements, and subject only to liens, encumbrances and other matters of record approved by the Department, consistent with 25 CCR Section 8315. Projects with ground leases shall be subject to 25 CCR Section 8316.

VHHP finances the development of affordable rental and transitional housing for veterans with an emphasis on housing for homeless and extremely low-income veterans. At least 50% of the funds awarded shall serve veteran households with extremely low incomes.  Of those units targeted to extremely low-income veteran housing, 60% shall be supportive housing units.

Funds must be used to serve veterans and their families. “Veteran” means any person who served in the active military, naval, or air service of the United States or as a member of the National Guard who was called to and released from active duty or active services for a period of not fewer than 90 consecutive days or was discharged from service due to a service-related disability.  This includes veterans with other-than-honorable discharges.

Prioritized projects will combine housing and supportive services, including, but not limited to job training, mental health and drug treatment, case management, care coordination, and physical rehabilitation (Military and Veterans Code § 987.005(a)(2)). 

To be eligible to receive funding, projects must:

  • Involve the acquisition and/or construction or rehabilitation of an Affordable Rental Housing Development or Transitional Housing, or the conversion of an existing structure into one of these housing types.
  • Restrict occupancy to the greater of 25% of total units in the project or ten units to Veterans under VHHP. However, if a project is determined to be rural as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50199.21, then a minimum of five units must be restricted.
  • Restrict occupancy for at least 45% of Assisted Units to Extremely Low Income Veterans, with rents not exceeding 30% of 30% of Area Median Income (AMI), calculated in accordance with Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) regulations and procedures. TCAC utilizes the information published by HUD to calculate maximum rents and income limits for California LIHTC projects. The 2019 limits went into effect on April 24, 2019.

To be eligible to receiving funding for Supportive or Transitional Housing projects, see: 

For complete details, see the Round 5 Guidelines in Supporting Documents, and the URL for Full Text for links to Resources, Research and Reports, and General Policy Documentation and Information.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179777

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The loan amount is the sum of a base amount per Assisted Unit with initial base amounts set at $95,000 for 9% tax credit projects; and at $175,000 for projects that do not use 9% tax credits. See the Round 5 Guidelines and 2019 Income, Rent, and Loan Limits in Supporting Documents.

For Transitional Housing, maximum per-bed loan amounts shall be $65,000 for all Round 5 awards, including supplemental awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Project Sponsors:
Provide the legal name of the intended “Sponsor” entity as that term is defined in VHHP Guideline §101 as registered with the Secretary of State. This is the entity applying for the award. The entity must validly exist and be authorized to do business (in the State of California) at the time of application, as well as satisfy all the other requirements set forth in greater detail in the VHHP Guidelines and the UMRs. HCD award letters and the HCD Standard Agreement are entered into solely with the Applicant. See the VHHP Guidelines and the Uniform Multifamily Regulations (25 CCR §8300 et seq., the “UMRs”) for more detailed requirements for this entity.

The VHHP Program does not provide funding directly to individuals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

San Diego - December 9, 2019, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Point Loma Library - Marla Hass Community Room, 3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107

Santa Ana - December 10, 2019, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM noon
City Hall, 20 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Oakland - December 16, 2019, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Elihu Harris State Building, 1516 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Pre-Application Information:

Application due date: February 13, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST, via postal carrier service providing date-stamp verification confirming delivery.

Award Announcements: HCD anticipates issuing award letters by May/June 2020.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application, General Program, and Standard Agreements Questions:

For Technical Issues with the Application Process, contact:
George Rodine
(916) 263-6105

Loan Closing Questions:

Department of Housing and Community Development
Division of Financial Assistance
2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Suite 670
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-7400 (tel)
(916) 263-7417 (fax)

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