HCD Announcement

Round 2 Notice of Funding Availability Amendment

FAQs Now Available
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is announcing the release of the Amended Notice of Funding Availability  (NOFA) for the Round 2 Homekey program.
The following NOFA amendments clarify program requirements (identified in the NOFA as red font):
  • Allowance of LLC/LP organizations as Co-Applicants
  • Clarify that congregate shelter models shall not be permitted
  • Clarify site control and use restrictions for projects on tribal trust land
  • Clarify requirements for tenant selection process and data collection systems
  • Provide explanation for land use exemptions as outlined in statute
  • and, several other minor items of clarification
To the extent that any Applicant feels its application has been negatively impacted by NOFA Amendments, HCD may allow for re-submission of application documentation for review.
Eligible Applicants
Homekey requires lead applicants to be cities, counties, and all other state, regional, and local public entities, including councils of government, metropolitan planning organizations, and regional transportation planning agencies designated in Section 29532.1 of the Government Code; or a Tribal Entity.

Application dates
Applications will be accepted on a continuous, over-the-counter basis. Applications are due by Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST, or until the available funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Pre-application Consultation
HCD requires all Applicants to engage in a Pre-application Consultation prior to applying. The consultation will allow the prospective Applicant to discuss the proposed project, along with other applicable programmatic considerations, including those related to site acquisition, land use, Continuum of Care coordination and services partnerships, and long-term financing approaches.


The FAQs include important information about:
  • Program Timeline and Deadlines
  • Environmental Clearances, NEPA, CEQA
  • Program Requirements, such as Coordinated Entry System participation, match contributions and demonstrating funding commitments. 
For more information, visit our website.

Questions? Email Homekey@hcd.ca.gov.

Background: On September 9, 2021, HCD announced the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approximately $1.45 billion in Round 2 Homekey funding. Homekey is California’s world-renowned, innovative program to purchase and/or rehabilitate hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, manufactured homes, and other properties, and convert them into permanent homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Protecting the health and safety of all Californians in this time of crisis is a state priority.