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.

Future NOFAs will be accessible through SDHC’s Vendor Portal on PlanetBids.

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

To access SDHC’s 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.

Funding sources for SDHC’s affordable housing development investments vary, but may include:

  • 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 is administered by SDHC 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 Tina Kessler by email at tinak@sdhc.org.

Current Notices of Funding Availability

On September 4, 2018, SDHC announced that up to $50 million is available through three Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing, including units to address homelessness:

  • Up to $20 million to create affordable rental housing with supportive services for San Diegans experiencing homelessness. These funds are part of the current phase of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, SDHC’s homelessness action plan, launched on July 1, 2017. This NOFA also includes 525 federal rental housing vouchers committed by SDHC to provide rental assistance for San Diegans experiencing homelessness.
  • Up to $20 million to create affordable rental housing for low-income San Diegans.
  • Up to $10 million to rehabilitate affordable rental housing and/or extend its affordability.

These NOFAs and any applicable updates, including notification of NOFA closing, are accessible through the SDHC Vendor Portal with PlanetBids.

Prevailing Wage Requirements

Prevailing wage applies to the three NOFAs, depending on certain criteria.

  • The $10 million NOFA for rehabilitation is funded by federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which require federal prevailing wages. If the project involves other funding sources that are not administered by SDHC, the most restrictive of the applicable federal and state prevailing wage requirements would apply. The developer is responsible for ensuring that the correct prevailing wage is paid.
  • The $20 million NOFA for permanent supportive housing through HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO generally would be subject to federal prevailing wages if nine or more federal rental housing vouchers are awarded to the development and/or 12 or more units of the development are supported by federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds. If the development involves other funding sources that are not administered by SDHC, the most restrictive of the applicable federal and state prevailing wage requirements would apply. The developer is responsible for ensuring that the correct prevailing wage is paid.
  • The $20 million NOFA for affordable rental housing is funded by a mix of federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds and the City’s Affordable Housing Fund. If 12 or more units of the development are supported by HOME funds, federal prevailing wages apply. If the development involves other funding sources that are not administered by SDHC, the most restrictive of the applicable federal and state prevailing wage requirements would apply. The developer is responsible for ensuring that the correct prevailing wage is paid.

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