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for Affordable Housing Projects in Eligible Regions

New Construction of Multifamily Affordable Rental Housing Program

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City of Oakland - Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD)

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01/07/22 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, for-profit corporations, and individuals for affordable housing projects in eligible regions. The purpose of the program is to construct permanent and rental housing projects to benefit low-income individuals and individuals experiencing homelessness. Housing projects must be located in the City of Oakland.

On behalf of the City of Oakland, the Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the new construction of multifamily affordable rental housing development. 

City loans are provided for new construction of affordable rental and permanent supportive housing projects and are intended to partially or fully fill the gap between development costs and financing available from private and other public sources. Applicants are expected to pursue financing from all available sources and are encouraged to contact the City’s Housing Development Services Unit with questions regarding program requirements and the application process. 

The City will take the following priorities into account for the 2021 NOFA for New Construction of Multifamily Affordable Housing process:

  • Readiness of new affordable rental housing developments to commence construction;
  • Assistance for housing projects targeting people experiencing homelessness and extremely low-income households including Permanent Supportive Housing projects;
  • Projects located in neighborhoods that are experiencing displacement and gentrification; and
  • Projects that include an “emerging developer”, as part of the development team (an “emerging developer” is defined as a developer who has less than five (5) years of experience as a developer and/or less than 5 completed projects). 

Eligible Costs

  • Property acquisition;
  • Demolition;
  • On-site improvements;
  • Off-site utility connections;
  • Construction costs necessary to construct a non-luxury project with suitable amenities in accordance with the property standards described below;
  • Soft costs associated with the development and financing of the project;
  • An initial operating reserve during the period in which the project is initially marketed (not to exceed 18 months after completion);
  • Reasonable developer fees (see Addendum Developer Fee Guidelines); and
  • Relocation costs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 199912

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For-profit or non-profit corporations, individuals, general or limited partnerships, or limited liability companies with demonstrated experience and capacity in the development and management of affordable rental housing may apply. Applicants without the necessary experience must enter joint venture agreements with experienced developers.

Ineligible Projects/Activities
- Public housing modernization or operations; and
- Emergency homeless shelters.

Ineligible Costs/Uses
- Costs associated with construction items or materials of a luxury nature;
- Furnishings (except where required for special needs projects);
- Most off-site improvements (utility connections into the adjacent street are eligible costs);
- Developer/sponsor administrative costs (other than included in the developer fee);
- Marketing events such as groundbreakings and grand openings;
- Substitution of City funds for any source of funds that has been previously committed to the project, or represented to any other funding source as being available for the project, is not permitted; and
- Capitalized replacement reserve.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the NOFA pre-application meeting to be held via video conference on November 18, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Staff will also hold “Office Hours” via video conference to address additional questions on Thursday, December 16th at 1:00 p.m.

At the Pre-Application Meeting, Planning staff will explain California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, the City's required employment and contracting programs will be presented, and applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the NOFA.

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Meeting ID: 889 4885 7283
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Pre-Application Information:

- Issuance of NOFA: November 16, 2021
- NOFA Pre-Application Meeting: November 18, 2021 AT 10:30 AM
- HCD NOFA Office Hours Meeting: December 16, 2021 AT 1:00 PM
- NOFA Submission Due Date and Time: January 7, 2022 AT 5:00 PM
- Staff Review of Submittals: January 10th, 2022 through January 21, 2022
- Final Selections: January 28, 2022

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please contact Arlecia Durades (, Meghan Horl (, or Christia Katz Mulvey ( with any questions.

City of Oakland
250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 5th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: (510) 238-3502

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