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News & Updates


SNHP deadline dates for 2018 have been posted

Program Contacts

Matt Mielewski

SNHP/MHSA Lead Housing Finance Officer
Phone: 310.342.5417
Fax: 310.342.1226

Tenant Assistance

Mental Health Ombudsman
Phone: 800.896.4042
County Mental Health Departments

Updated February 2018

Local Government Special Needs Housing Program

SNHP News & Updates

CalHFA is in the process of entering into Local Government Special Needs Housing Program ("SNHP") Participation Agreements with the following county mental health agencies:

Butte, Del Norte, Fresno, Imperial, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Tehama and Tulare.

Developers should check with County MHSA housing division for specifics regarding their SNHP funding availability. Prior to submitting an SNHP application to CalHFA for loan underwriting, projects must have the mental health agency's approval along with a county approved supportive services plans (a draft is acceptable at time of application).


Tax Credit Proposal Type CalHFA Deadline* CTCAC Application Deadline CTCAC Award Date
2018 1st round 4% Deals 11/20/2017 1/1/20186/7/2018
2018 1st round 9% Deals 12/30/2017 2/28/2018 6/13/2018
2018 2nd round 4% Deals 1/15/2018 3/16/2018 5/16/2018
2018 3rd round 4% Deals 3/19/2018 5/18/2018 7/18/2018
2018 2nd round 9% Deals 5/3/2018 7/2/2018 9/19/2018
2018 4th round 4% Deals 6/18/2018 8/17/2018 9/19/2018
2018 5th round 4% Deals 7/16/2018 9/14/2018 11/14/2018
2018 6th round 4% Deals 8/13/2018 10/12/2018 12/12/2018


*Please submit all of the SNHP Application documents posted on the “DEVELOPER APPLICATION” tab before the posted CalHFA Deadline. The posted “CalHFA Deadline” is a FIRM submittal due date. Applicants must have County DMH approval and a County approved draft Supportive Service Plan when submitting a SNHP Application to CalHFA. **SLC = Senior Loan Committee Meeting Date



CalHFA operates the Local Government Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP) on behalf of jurisdictions throughout California. The SNHP allows local governments to use Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and other local funds to provide financing for the development of permanent supportive rental housing that includes units dedicated for individuals with serious mental illness, and their families, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The SNHP has been created to replace the expiring MHSA Housing Program as an option for local governments to begin or continue to development supportive housing for MHSA-eligible persons, and to more fully utilize MHSA funds for housing purposes. An advantage of the SNHP allows local governments to roll over their unused MHSA Housing funds when the current MHSA Housing Loan Program ends on May 30, 2016. Participation in the SNHP also ensures County MHSA funds are not redirected locally for other purposes, and allow a County over time to roll over any residual receipt loan payments and deposit supplemental MHSA funds into the SNHP for the development of new housing opportunities and supplement expiring capitalized operating subsidy reserve (COSR) accounts to ensure a longer term of affordability for their MHSA residents.

CalHFA, the state's affordable housing bank, is uniquely qualified to provide housing development expertise and real estate lending services for the benefit of other governmental entities in the State of California for the construction, rehabilitation, and development of housing for persons qualifying for mental health services under the Act.


Questions may be directed to:

Matt Mielewski
SNHP Lead Loan Officer
Phone: 310.342.5417
Fax: 310.342.1226

Disclaimer: Each document is intended for informational purposes only. If your loan application is accepted by CalHFA, the loan documents specific to your transaction will be tailored to meet the specific requirements of your transaction and may vary substantially from the documents posted here. The template loan documents are subject to change without notice. CalHFA does not warrant or represent that the covenants and conditions in the template documents will apply to your specific transaction.