Mental Health Services Act Housing Program

Jointly administered by the California Department of Mental Health and the California Housing Finance Agency on behalf of counties, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program offers permanent financing and capitalized operating subsidies for the development of permanent supportive housing, including both rental and shared housing, to serve persons with serious mental illness and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. MHSA Housing Program funds will be allocated for the development, acquisition, construction, and/or rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing.

Mental Health Services Act Housing Program Notice

CalHFA is no longer approving financing under the MHSA Housing Program. Please refer to CalHFA's new Local Government Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP) webpage for information about MHSA financing opportunities available in participating jurisdictions effective June 1, 2016.

MHSA end of program-release information and documents:

View MHSA Housing Program Funded Properties >>


MHSA Housing Program Overview - End of Program Summary - July 2016

End Of Program Fund Allocations By County - June 2016

MHSA Housing Program Semi-Annual Update - April 2013

State DHCS Info Notice 15-004: ​Mental Health Services Act – Process for Release of Unencumbered Funds Dedicated to the Mental Health Services Act Housing Program

Please contact your loan officer to establish when your due diligence is due based on your projected closing deadline.


Questions regarding prospective and submitted MHSA Housing Program loan applications may be directed to:

Stephen Beckman
SNHP/MHSA Lead Contact
Phone: 916.326.8817
Fax: 916.326.6430

Mental Health Ombudsman
Tenant Assistance
Phone: 800.896.4042

County Mental Health Departments

Additional Resources

CalHFA Loan Programs

Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program (VHHP)

HCD's Loan and Grant Programs

California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC)

California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC)

Multifamily Industry Information - HUD

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Department of Mental Health MHSA Housing Program

Department of Mental Health – Mental Health Information Notices

Housing California

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.