Public Comment Period Opens for VHHP Draft Guidelines

glassesThe public is invited to comment on the newly released draft guidelines for the initial funding round of the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) Program.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and should be submitted using the online public comment form located on the VHHP Program website.

Originally approved by voters as Proposition 41 last June, VHHP provides $600 million in general obligation bond funding to help build, rehabilitate and acquire multifamily housing developments for low-income veterans. The money comes from the $1 billion underutilized California Veterans Farm and Home Loan program (CalVet).

Proposition 41 also permits the funds to be used for the provision of wraparound services for veterans once they are placed in affordable housing units.

Public hearings on the guidelines are scheduled for Dec. 8 in Los Angeles and Dec. 10 in Oakland. For the Los Angeles hearing, participants are being asked to RSVP to mayor.veterans@lacity.org. To register for the Oakland hearing, click here.

The VHHP NOFA release date has been pushed back approximately one month to December 2014, although no precise date has been given yet. Accordingly, the NOFA workshop dates have also been pushed back one month to December 2014/January 2015. The anticipated application date (initial NOFA) is still expected to be March 2015, with the anticipated award date in June 2015.

For more information on VHHP, click here.