Article 3.2. The Veterans Housing And Homeless Prevention Act Of 2014 of California Military And Veterans Code >> Division 4. >> Chapter 6. >> Article 3.2.
This article may be cited as the Veterans Housing and
Homeless Prevention Act of 2014.
(a) The purpose of this article is to provide the
acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of
affordable multifamily supportive housing, affordable transitional
housing, affordable rental housing, or related facilities for
veterans and their families to allow veterans to access and maintain
(b) A program established under this article shall be restricted
to veterans and their families.
(c) The California Housing Finance Agency, the Department of
Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Veterans
Affairs, herein after "departments," shall work collaboratively
pursuant to the memorandum of understanding, as specified in Section
987.006, to carry out the duties and functions of this article.
As used in this article:
(a) "Supportive housing" has the same meaning as defined in
paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 50675.14 of the Health
and Safety Code, but is not restrictive to only projects with five or
(b) "Transitional housing" has the same meaning as defined in
subdivision (h) of Section 50675.2 of the Health and Safety Code, but
is not restrictive to only projects with five or more units.
(c) "Affordable rental housing" shall mean a rental housing
development, as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 50675.2 of the
Health and Safety Code, with affordable rents, as defined in
subdivision (a) of Section 50675.2 of the Health and Safety Code, but
neither definition is restrictive to only projects with five or more
(d) "Veteran" means any person who served in the active military,
naval, or air service of the United States, or as a member of the
National Guard who was called to and released from active duty or
active service, for a period of not less than 90 consecutive days or
was discharged from the service due to a service-connected disability
within that 90-day period.
The administration of this article is vested solely in the
departments. Total costs of administering this article shall not
exceed 5 percent of the bond funds issued.
(a) The departments shall establish and implement programs
pursuant to the purposes of this article that focus on veterans at
risk for homelessness or experiencing temporary or chronic
homelessness. To the extent feasible, the departments shall establish
and implement programs that, among other things, do the following:
(1) Leverage public (federal, state, and local), private, and
nonprofit program and fiscal resources.
(2) Prioritize projects that combine housing and supportive
services, including, but not limited to, job training, mental health
and drug treatment, case management, care coordination, or physical
(3) Promote public and private partnerships.
(4) Foster innovative financing opportunities.
(5) Ensure program guidelines and terms provide threshold
requirements or scoring criteria, or both, to advance applicants with
experience in combining permanent or transitional housing, or both,
with supportive services for veterans, or for partnering with housing
developers or service providers with experience offering housing or
services to veterans.
(b) The departments shall ensure at least 50 percent of funds
awarded for capital development under this article provide housing to
veteran households with extremely low incomes, as defined in Section
50106 of the Health and Safety Code.
(1) In determining whether a potential tenant is eligible for
supportive, affordable, or transitional housing targeted to extremely
low income households under this provision, eligibility shall take
into consideration all of a household's income sources upon initial
(2) At least 60 percent of units funded targeting extremely low
income households shall be supportive housing.
(3) This section shall not deter the departments from funding
projects serving mixed-income populations.
(c) The departments may review, adopt, amend, and repeal
guidelines or terms, or both, to implement this article. Any
guidelines or terms adopted to implement this article shall not be
subject to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of
Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(d) Nothing in this article permits the departments or the board
to purchase, operate, or manage properties except in the event of a
foreclosure on a borrower or grantee.
(a) No later than August 15, 2014, the departments shall
enter into a memorandum of understanding to address their respective
and shared responsibilities in implementing, overseeing, and
evaluating this article.
(b) No later than August 15, 2014, the departments shall submit
the memorandum of understanding to the Senate and Assembly Budget
The departments shall convene a stakeholder process to
inform the development of guidelines for the implementation of any
program pursuant to this article. Stakeholders represented shall
include, but not be limited to, organizations that have experience
providing housing or homeless services, or both, to veterans, housing
developers, and public and private agencies that serve the veteran
(a) Pursuant to guidelines or terms developed pursuant to
this article, a housing provider or sponsor may redesignate units
within a project, so long as the same number of units financed under
this act remain restricted to veterans and their families.
(b) Pursuant to guidelines or terms pursuant to this article, any
units financed as supportive or transitional housing units for
veterans may be redesignated as affordable rental or supportive
housing to allow a veteran resident to remain housed in the project.
Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the
proceeds of bonds deposited in the Housing for Veterans Fund pursuant
to Section 998.544 shall be subject to annual appropriation, as
determined by the Legislature.