The MHSA Housing Program embodies both the individual and system goals of the MHSA through a unique collaboration among government agencies at the local and State level. Managed through the County of San Diego, the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) was allocated $33 million in 2008 for a new housing program, under which MHSA funds were made available to developers to finance the costs associated with development, acquisition, construction, and/or rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing for individuals with serious mental illness. In 2016, the MHSA Housing Program was succeeded by the Local Government Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP), which was initially funded by a $10 million allocation approved by the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors. In 2018, the Board of Supervisors authorized the transfer of an additional $10 million to CalHFA, bringing the County’s total SNHP investment to $20 million.

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RE: Five Year Behavioral Health Strategic Housing Plan FY 2018-2019 Update

Each year, the County Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services (BHS) division completes an update to the Five Year Behavioral Health Strategic Housing Plan. The Strategic Housing Plan provides a framework for addressing the current housing needs of people with behavioral health issues in San Diego County, and outlines the planning process for the development of goals designed to maximize housing options for these individuals.

In order to meet State requirements for implementation of the No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program, this year’s update to the Strategic Housing Plan also includes a broader description of homelessness countywide, as well as a discussion of existing and planned strategies to reduce homelessness and make it non-recurring. NPLH may provide additional funding in San Diego County for the development of permanent supportive housing for clients with serious mental illness (SMI) or serious emotional disturbance (SED) who are experiencing homelessness or chronic homelessness, or who are at risk of chronic homelessness. The Strategic Housing Plan update also incorporates feedback that was received during NPLH community input sessions, as required by NPLH guidelines.

The County is releasing the draft of the Five Year Behavioral Health Strategic Housing Plan FY 2018-2019 Update for a 30-day public review and comment period. Comments on the attached Plan must be received by the County by the end of the 30th day from the date on this notice.

Any comments or questions may be directed to Jason Miller, Administrative Analyst II, at Jason.Miller@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Expression of Interest for Supportive Services

For developers who would like to express interest in receiving supportive services for MHSA-eligible tenants residing in permanent supportive housing units in San Diego County. Note: This form is not for projects that are requesting MHSA capital funding.