Special Needs Housing Program

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.

SNHP News & Updates

CalHFA operates the Local Government Special Needs Housing Program through 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 the 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 county-approved supportive services plans (a draft is acceptable at time of application).

Important SNHP Dates
Tax Credit Proposal Type CalHFA Deadline* CTCAC Application Deadline CTCAC Award Date
2019 1st round 4% Deals 11/27/2018 1/18/2019 3/20/2019
2019 1st round 9% Deals 1/5/2019 3/4/2019 6/12/2019
2019 2nd round 4% Deals 1/15/2019 3/15/2019 5/15/2019
2019 3rd round 4% Deals 3/18/2019 5/17/2019 7/17/2019
2019 2nd round 9% Deals 5/2/2019 7/1/2019 9/25/2019
2019 4th round 4% Deals 6/19/2019 8/16/2019 10/16/2019
2019 5th round 4% Deals 8/13/2019 10/11/2019 12/11/2019


*Please submit all of the SNHP Application documents posted on the "APPLICATION & DOCUMENTS" 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.

SNHP Info For Local Government and Developers Termsheet

The SNHP is an option for local governments to begin or continue to develop supportive housing for MHSA-eligible persons, and to more fully use MHSA funds for housing purposes. It was created as a bridge between the expired MHSA Housing Program and the No Place Like Home Program, which is now up and running through the Department of Housing and Community Development. There are two key dates in the transition timeline:

    • January 3, 2020 Deadline for counties to submit applications for viable SNHP projects
    • June 30, 2022 Deadline for construction loan closing

Participation in the SNHP ensures County MHSA funds are not redirected locally for other purposes. Over time counties can also 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 lender, 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.

MHSA Housing Program Overview and Lessons Learned (2008-2016)