Available Development Funds

Developers leverage funds administered by the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) with several other funding sources to create and preserve affordable housing.

Developers may apply for funds through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) issued by SDHC.

Funding sources for SDHC’s affordable housing development investments vary and may include, but are not limited to:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds awarded to the City of San Diego and administered by SDHC
  • City of San Diego Affordable Housing Fund, which SDHC administers and consists of Housing Impact Fees charged on commercial developments (also known as Linkage Fees) and Inclusionary Housing Fees charged on residential developments

If you have questions about a development NOFA, please contact Maurcell Gresham by email at [email protected].

How to Access an SDHC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

NOFAs are accessible through SDHC’s Vendor Portal on PlanetBids. Developers who wish to receive free notifications regarding NOFAs and download SDHC’s current NOFAs should register on the SDHC Vendor Portal with PlanetBids.

To access SDHC’s NOFAs, along with other solicitations, developers need to create a new profile and register specifically for SDHC, even if they already are registered with another public agency that uses PlanetBids or previously have accessed SDHC solicitations through the City of San Diego’s PlanetBids portal.

Fiscal Year 2021 Notices of Funding Availability

On August 31, 2020, SDHC issued two Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Fiscal Year 2021:

1. NOFA for Affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing (NOFA-21-01)

Through this NOFA, up to $25 million is available to facilitate acquisition and new construction, acquisition with rehabilitation, or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing for households with low income (60 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income [AMI]), very low income (50 percent of AMI), and extremely low income (30 percent of AMI) and individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

  • Up to $10.6 million for permanent supportive housing (PSH) for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Up to $14.4 million for affordable rental housing.
  • This NOFA also includes up to 300 federal rental housing vouchers committed by SDHC—100 of which are allocated for PSH and 200 for non-PSH affordable housing

While Capital Funds may be used to serve low-income households with income of up to 60 percent of AMI as mentioned above, federal rental housing Vouchers may be used to serve households with income of up to 80 percent of AMI. However, applications for both Vouchers and Capital Funds are required to comply with the Capital Funds restriction of serving households with income up to 60 percent of AMI.

2. NOFA for Preservation (NOFA-21-02)

Through this NOFA, up to $21.6 million is available for the preservation of multifamily affordable rental housing. These funds will be awarded as forgivable loans in exchange for long-term affordability restrictions with or without capital improvements. Funds included in this NOFA may be used for acquisition, pre-development and residential rehabilitation (including relocation activities) of existing unrestricted naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) and deed-restricted affordable rental housing in the City of San Diego.

  • Up to $5 million for the preservation of Expiring, Deed-Restricted Affordable Housing; and
  • Up to $16.6 million for the preservation of NOAH.

This NOFA does not include rental housing vouchers.

Prevailing Wage Requirements

Prevailing wage applies to these NOFAs, depending on funding sources. SDHC will determine whether projects will be subject to prevailing wage based on available SDHC funding sources at the time of the NOFA application is submitted to SDHC.

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