Housing and Community Development Services Announcements
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Housing and Community Development Services Announcements

Annual Plan Strategy Now Available!

The County of San Diego Housing and Community Development has made available the Annual Plan Strategy for the upcoming 2023-24 Fiscal Year. The County of San Diego develops an Annual Plan each year to identify specific projects to be funded during the upcoming fiscal year, through the four federal entitlement programs administered by the Health and Human Services Agency, Housing and Community Development Services: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). The Annual Plan Strategy will help guide the development of the Annual Plan.

Public Notice:

New, Enhanced Landlord Incentive Program Extended! Available Now!

The County of San Diego, Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) has launched a new, enhanced Landlord Incentive Program (LIP)  available for a limited time only. These increased incentives are available to landlords executing new leases with County of San Diego voucher holders participating in applicable special programs.

This new, robust package of incentives includes:

  • LEASING BONUS: Landlords may receive up to $2500 for each unit newly leased to a person experiencing homelessness.
  • APPLICATION EXPENSES: Financial Assistance of up to $50 may be paid directly to landlords to cover application costs, such as a credit report and application fees.
  • SECURITY DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE: Receive up to two months’ rent security deposit.
  • HOLDING FEES: May be available for eligible participants.
  • LANDLORD LIAISON: Valued landlord partners receive personal customer service staff member. 

*Subject to funding availability. The Enhanced Landlord Incentive Program (LIP) may close at any time. 

LIP Flyer 

LIP Flyer (Spanish)

For questions, please email hcds_landlordliaison.hhsa@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (858) 694-4801.

New Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) offers a monthly discount on internet service bill, for eligible households.

Housing and Community Development (HCDS) program participants and applicants may qualify for the new Affordable Connectivity Program, which offers a monthly discount on internet service and a one-time discount of $100 for a laptop, desktop, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. Households participating in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medi-Cal, WIC, or other programs are eligible to receive this benefit.

For more information or to apply for this program, visit affordableconnectivity.com

Annual Plan and HOME-ARP Plan

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) is announcing the posting of the draft FY 2022-23 Annual Plan and HOME-ARP Cost Allocation Plan. The County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. on April 5, 2022 in Room 310 at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA. The Board will consider the proposed use of an estimated: $4,395,761 in CDBG funds; $3,280,906 in HOME funds; $363,813 in ESG funds; and $5,253,183 in HOPWA funds that the County will receive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

The Board will also consider the proposed use of an estimated $2,000,000 in FY 2022-23 CDBG and HOME Program revenues and the reallocation of an estimated $9,600,000 in previous years’ HOME, ESG, CDBG and HOPWA entitlements. These figures are based on prior year funding levels. The Annual Plan describes proposed activities to be funded from FY 2022-23 and previous year entitlements, which must meet the goals established in the 2020-24 Consolidated Plan. The Board will also consider the proposed use of $11,891,028 in HOME-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) funds.  The County is receiving HOME-ARP funds from HUD to assist the region in reducing and preventing homelessness and increase housing stability.

Public Notice:

Draft Plans:

HCDS COVID-19 Related Updates

Many of the waivers and flexibilities authorized under CARES Act Waiver authority have expired. On March 9, 2022, HUD granted approval for the following expedited regulatory waiver requests effective through December 31, 2022. Additional extensions of the period of eligibility is pending approval by HUD.

  • Payments Standard Amount-May establish a payment standard up to 120% of the prescribed payment standard schedule. As of April 1, 2022, or April 11, 2022, HACSD implemented a higher payment standard, not to exceed 120%, for families requiring a reasonable accommodation. For the actual effective date
  • Increase in Payment Standard during Housing Assistance Payment (HAP contract term- May apply new payment standards earlier than the next annual reexamination. HACSD began applying increased payment standards at either interim or annual reexamination beginning July 1, 2022.
  • Extension of Voucher Term Limits- HACSD is allowing extensions for an additional 60 days beyond current practice of up to 180 days upon request.

While the eviction moratoriums have expired, the following resources may still be helpful:

HUD Flyer: Addressing Tenant concerns regarding rent and the temporary suspension of evictions for non-payment of rent 

HUD Flyer: Tools for Landlords with Tenants Impacted by COVID-19 - HUD published a document to help landlords engage with at-risk tenants while remaining in compliance with fair housing laws and understand the key elements of a repayment plan.  The document also provides links to sample rent repayment agreements. 

HUD Resource: COVID-19 Tenant Guidance: Rent Repayment Plans - HUD published a document to assist at-risk tenants in understanding and pursuing rent repayment agreements with their landlords.  The document includes links to helpful resources and a sample script for requesting a repayment agreement from a landlord.

Notice of Funding Availability - No Place Like Home Program

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) is announcing the availability of funding for affordable multi-family supportive housing. Funds will be provided in the form of loans to successful applicants serving persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness.

Application submittals must be complete and in compliance with all of the specified application requirements set forth in the NOFA solicitation documents. Download application here.         

No Place Like Home FAQ's

For more information, please visit our website or contact Felipe Murillo email or 858-694-4807.

 

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