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The California Department of Mental Health (DMH), the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) and the County Mental Health Directors Association are pleased to announce a new housing program under which $400 million in Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds have been made available to finance the capital costs associated with development, acquisition, construction and/or rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing for individuals with mental illness and their families, especially including homeless individuals with mental illness and their families. The new program is called the MHSA Housing Program and funds for capitalized operating subsidies are included in the $400 million that has been designated for the program.

The MHSA Housing Program embodies both the individual and system transformational goals of the MHSA through a unique collaboration among government agencies at the local and State level. The partners in this system collaboration include CalHFA and the Department of Housing and Community Development, with their housing and financial expertise; DMH, with responsibility for overseeing the mental health system and ensuring that consumers have access to an appropriate array of services and supports; and county mental health departments, which have ultimate responsibility for the design and delivery of mental health services and supports throughout the State.  Read the announcement.


MHSA Housing Program Applications

Background and Information Document

Housing Program Loan Limits

MHSA Housing Program Term Sheet  Please utilize this revised version of the MHSA Housing Program Term Sheet when reviewing/completing an application for the MHSA Housing Program

Self-Certification Form

Shared Housing Architectural Guidelines

Rental Housing Development Application


Shared Housing Development Application

Related Materials 

MHSA Housing Program Semi-Annual Report: 11/04/09

MHSA Housing Program Semi-Annual Report: 05/08/09

MHSA Housing Program Semi-Annual Report: 11/13/08

 DMH Letter 07-06 Initial Planning Estimates for MHSA Housing Program


Info Notice 07-04 Community Services and Supports: Housing Expenditure Exchange

Info Notice 08-11 Community Services and Supports: Assignment of Funds for the MHSA Housing Program


Info Notice 08-12 Community Services and Supports: General System Development Housing


Info Notice 08-31 Community Services and Supports: General System Development Housing - Project-Based Operating Subsidy Clarification


Final Workshop Presentation 10/09/07

Governor's Homeless Initiative: Overview

Governor's Homeless Initiative: Notice of Funding Availability

MHSA Housing Toolkit by the Corporation for Supportive Housing

Supportive Housing Licensing Guidelines




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