HCD Program Creates Emergency and Transitional Housing for California’s Homeless Residents

Hartle Court

The HCD Emergency Housing and Assistance Program-Capital Development (EHAPCD) provides loans to non-profits and local government agencies to address homelessness.

Funds can be used to acquire property, construct and rehabilitate emergency shelters and transitional housing for California’s homeless residents. The loans may be forgiven after seven or ten years, depending on their use.   Projects funded with EHAPCD funds are often leveraged with various other sources.

“HCD’s EHAPCD program is valuable because it helps create much needed housing for California’s most vulnerable residents,” said HCD Director, Linn Warren.

The following are some examples of EHAPCD loans closed in September and October of 2012.

Walter’s House:

HCD granted a $323,968 EHAPCD loan to rehabilitate 11 living units and construct a full kitchen and dining area to provide food services to 70 homeless single men and women in Woodland.

The Facility, known as Walter’s House, was constructed by Friends of the Mission and the Yolo Wayfarer Center. The two non-profits have been working together in Yolo County to provide residential substance abuse treatment and transitional housing for homeless men and women.  The organizations purchased the property and constructed the transitional housing facility utilizing EHAPCD funds and other sources in previous years.

Hartle Court:

HCD provided a $1,000,000 EHAPCD loan to the Progress Foundation to purchase and construct a transitional housing center for homeless youth with mental disabilities in Napa County.  EHAPCD’s participation is part of a larger project that includes other financial participation from CalHFA, the City of Napa Housing Authority, County of Napa, Bank of Marin and the Gasser Foundation.  The entire project includes twenty-two apartment units, a community building and related common areas.  EHAPCD’s portion of the project will result in the creation of 6 apartments to serve as transitional housing for 12 homeless youth.

Operation Safe House:

HCD participated in a transitional housing project by awarding a $1,000,000 EHAPCD loan to construct a 16 unit building in Thousand Palms, Riverside County for homeless youth. The project includes a mix of one and two bedroom units, parking and common recreation areas.  The project will target households with income ranging from 20% to 35% of the Area Median Income. Other participants in this project include Rabobank, the Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care, the Redevelopment Agency of the County of Riverside and Amemar LLC.  HCD’s participation will add 15 new transitional housing beds.

The Salvation Army-Harbor Light:

HCD granted a $624,577 EHAPCD loan to The Salvation Army in San Francisco to rehabilitate and expand a shelter for homeless military veterans in substance abuse recovery.  The loan will result in the addition of 10 new beds. The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light program provides a wide range of on-site services including substance abuse treatment, parenting skills, anger management, vocational training and permanent housing placement.

The Salvation Army-Garden Street Center:

HCD awarded a $590,366 EHAPCD loan to The Salvation Army in Oakland to rehabilitate and add 96 new emergency housing beds for homeless families. The rehabilitation will include replacement of roof gutters, cabinets, bathroom fixtures and repair of the HVAC system, kitchen facilities and foundation.

The Salvation Army-Modesto Shelter:

HCD awarded $939,754 in EHAPCD loan funds to The Salvation Army in Modesto to rehabilitate a 46,900 square foot warehouse structure to create 56 new beds and preserve 100 beds. The shelter will provide a mix of transitional and emergency housing for single homeless adults.  The Salvation Army will also provide meals, employment assistance, behavioral health, recovery and referral services. The Salvation Army has been providing housing to homeless individuals and families in the United States since 1880 and currently operates approximately 60 housing facilities in California.