Multifamily Rental Housing NOFA

 

A large percentage of the loan programs administered by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) go toward assisting the development and construction or renovation of multifamily rental housing for Special Needs populations.  Eligible projects applying for funding under a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) must be new construction, or acquisition with substantial rehabilitation, providing at least 15 units of permanent rental housing.  Affordable rents and income restrictions are required in exchange for favorable loan terms.  Eligible applicants include non-profit and for-profit organizations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, public agencies, other local jurisdictions, and joint ventures among any of these entities.  Apartment buildings or complexes that receive financing assistance from the LACDA are required to submit annual compliance reports which are monitored by the LACDA staff.

Proposed developments that are located within 500 feet of a freeway are now eligible, with the following restrictions. If any portion of a proposed development site is within 500 feet of a freeway, the project must be designed in such a way as to exclude from this 500-foot freeway “buffer” area any portion of the residential building.  Play areas, community rooms, gardens, patios, and other areas where residents may reasonably be expected to congregate shall also be excluded from the buffer area.  An example of a suitable use within the 500-foot freeway buffer is a parking lot.  The LACDA shall review and approve, at its sole discretion, any site plans for developments of this type.

The LACDA will issue two NOFAs per year, which will allow project sponsors to meet both first and second tax credit rounds.

The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) will be releasing its Notice of Funding Availability for Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing, Round 28 (NOFA 28) for new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation projects that create new Special Needs and affordable rental housing units for residents vulnerable to COVID-19 and in areas significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Incorporating the principles of the County’s Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative, the  LACDA seeks to support the creation of permanent housing to provide equitable relief and assistance to impacted communities. An overriding goal is to ensure that recovery programs are equity-focused, community-empowering, worker-centered, and results- and evidence-focused to maximize the benefits of the communities suffering disproportionate health and economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NOFA 28 will provide capital funding and Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs) and Project-Based Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (PBVASH) Vouchers for the creation and operation of permanent affordable multifamily rental housing units in Los Angeles County.

The LACDA has transitioned to a new, online NOFA application portal,  https://www.unofa.org/#/homepage.  Please sign up for our mailing list to receive up-to-date information.

More information is available in the NOFA 28 Term Sheet.

 

Los Angeles County offers a Certification Program that encourages local small and social enterprise businesses, and business owners who are minorities, women, and disadvantaged or disabled veterans to capitalize on opportunities in government and private-sector procurement programs.

These types of businesses and Certifications include:

  • Local Small Business Enterprise Program (LSBE): Certified LSBEs receive a price preference deduction on their bid submittal in order to level the playing field for certified small businesses bidding on Los Angeles County solicitations as well as a 15 day prompt payment on submitted undisputed invoices.
  • Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program (DVBE): Designed to enhance the purchasing and contracting opportunities for businesses owned by disabled veterans. Certified DVBEs receive a price preference deduction when bidding on Los Angeles County solicitations.
  • Social Enterprise Program (SE): Designed to increase contracting opportunities for those business enterprises whose primary purpose is to enhance Los Angeles County through economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Certified SEs receive a price preference deduction when bidding on Los Angeles County solicitations.
  • Community Business Enterprise Program (CBE): Private sector prime contractors and subcontractors must meet certain contracting goals in order to ensure they are giving adequate business opportunities to women, minorities, disabled veterans, and disadvantaged businesses. If you qualify, you will be placed on a CBE listing which is used by public agencies and private-sector companies to reach their contracting goals. To be placed on a CBE list the participating businesses must be certified as one of the following enterprises:

    • Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
    • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
    • Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE)


It is very easy to apply. For businesses interested in doing business with Los Angeles County, the first step is to register as a vendor on the LA County WebVen page. If you encounter issues with the registration process, please contact Vendor Relations at ISDVendorRelations@isd.lacounty.gov

Once registered as a County vendor, the Los Angeles County Certifications application can be accessed by following this link: https://iddweb.isd.lacounty.gov/DCA_eComplaint/SmallBusinessCertifications

The Small Business Concierge guides prospective business owners interested in establishing and/or expanding an existing business by acting as a single point of contact to guide you through government processes and connecting you to trusted agencies and resources in Los Angeles County.

Please visit this website for additional information- https://dcba.lacounty.gov/small-business-services/

The County of Los Angeles is seeking collaborative partnerships with qualified affordable housing developers to create housing and sustainable transportation throughout the region.  Proposed projects in Unincorporated LA County or on County -owned land may work with the County’s AHSC team to discuss the project’s scope and vision and determine if the project is a strong candidate to apply to the 2023 AHSC Round in February 2023. 

If you are interested in learning more about the AHSC Program, please click here to view the AHSC Program Guidelines 2022.

In accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (if applicable), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and the Civil Rights Act of California, it is the policy of the LACDA, that residential rental properties that receive funding, service, or program assistance must adhere to all applicable federal and state laws and requirements related to Fair Housing and Accessibility.

Click here for the LACDA's guidelines pertaining to the fair housing, affirmative marketing, tenant selection, and accessibility for projects receiving NOFA funding.

On January 7, 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the Pet-Friendly Housing Ordinance, which took effect on February 6, 2020. The Pet-Friendly Housing Ordinance: (1) authorizes tenants to have at least one pet in a rental unit in new or rehabilitated multifamily housing developments financed, in whole or in part, by the County and/or the LACDA on or after the effective date of the Ordinance, consistent with all Federal and State laws; and (2) requires landlords to maintain and provide a copy of pet policies to tenants.  

Pet Friendly Housing Ordinance

Pet Friendly Guidelines