No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program Technical Assistance and Consultation Services
The No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program, administered by the CA
Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD), dedicates $2
billion in bond proceeds for the development of permanent
supportive housing for persons who need mental health services
and are experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness, or are
at-risk of chronic homelessness. Every county is eligible to
receive an NPLH Technical Assistance grant, with amounts
available based on county size.
To assist counties and community-based organizations with
planning, design, application for, and implementation of their
NPLH projects, CIBHS offers technical assistance and consulting
services that would be paid from the NPLH TA funds. CIBHS can
serve as the single point of contact for coordination of all
types of NPLH technical assistance.
CIBHS has the expertise to:
Guide counties through the NPLH pre-implementation
Applying for NPLH Technical Assistance Funds
Conducting community needs assessments
Community and stakeholder outreach and engagement, building
community acceptance, including addressing NIMBY issues.
Build the critical partnerships between behavioral
health, homeless and affordable housing organizations; community
members, local government, developers, and other community
Strengthening those relationships with the intention of
increasing understanding of the intersections and overlapping
needs of shared homeless clientele.
Convening strategic meetings and workshops to produce a
dialogue toward a common vision for integration, cost reduction,
and improved services for behavioral health consumers and their
Provide examples of housing-health partnerships taking place
across the country.
Coordinating communication with key state agencies to support
learning, identification of additional training and technical
assistance needs and regional collaboration.
Provide the supportive housing planning and
implementation required by the NPLH Program.
Creating or updating a homeless plan.
Developing a Supportive Services Plan.
Accessing Evidence Based Program (EBP) resources and
Identifying and contracting with experienced affordable
housing organizations, development partners and/or property
management companies who have experience with permanent
Creating or improving a Coordinated Entry System.
Organizing property management and supportive services.
Developing a property management plan.
Access to the national SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and
Recovery (SOAR) program to provide benefits assistance to the
local homeless mentally ill population.
CIBHS is the California State Team Lead for SOAR.
Identify additional resources for capital, supportive
services, and operating costs.
Identifying health care reform funding to integrate health
and housing (e.g. Medi-Cal, Whole Person Care, Managed Care
Leveraging funds to access federal, state, and local
financing, including USDA Rural Development housing and community
facilities loans and grants, Low Income Housing Tax Credits,
State programs, Cap and Trade grants, and private bank loans and
Identifying and accessing pre development and construction
financing. (HCD will not underwrite construction financing for
Provide Evaluation and Outcome Measurements through the
electronic Behavioral Health Solutions (eBHS) platform.
CIBHS developed eBHS, a web-based data platform, to provide
counties and CBO’s the ability to collect, store, analyze and
share data to support individual, population, and system
improvement and outcome tracking.
Provide cross-training between behavioral health,
affordable housing, and homeless systems with the goal of
launching a productive dialogue between the housing and
behavioral health sectors.
Affordable housing and county behavioral health agencies have
a common goal: Improve the well-being of their clients. However,
they most often work in silos, with different languages,
acronyms, cultures, operating practices, and resources. The two
sectors tend to have very little interaction with each other,
even though in most cases they share the same clients. Affordable
housing developers/managers rarely train to understand behavioral
health disorders. Conversely, behavioral health
professionals/staff have little knowledge about developing,
funding and maintaining affordable housing.
Housing topics for BH staff: fair housing law; reasonable
accommodation requirements; housing admission, lease and
violation policies; understanding of various housing models,
practices and trends successfully implemented with BH clients;
and funding programs that support the creation and operation of
housing for the target population.
BH topics for housing staff: achieving a basic understanding
of mental illness and substance use disorders; identifying early
signs of self-neglect, depression, anxiety or substance abuse;
addressing and averting crisis situations; creating a
recovery-oriented environment; steering residents to appropriate
services; responding to MH or SU emergencies; understanding the
unique procedures and protocols used in their counties;
understanding health care reform; help staff understand and
effectively respond to patient needs related to their physical or
behavioral health; and development of an action plan, appropriate
for general laypersons, encompassing skills, resources and
knowledge to assess potentially difficult situations and take
courses of action appropriate to their role and