Housing & Economic Opportunity

  • Overview

    CCF works to ensure quality, affordable housing is available for low-income residents. Los Angeles is one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, and low-income communities often suffer disproportionately from overcrowding and deteriorating housing. We and our partners seek to develop a shared vision and strategy to help localities and transit agencies develop land use, land disposition and resource use plans that preserve and produce affordable housing to fulfill the promise of stronger, healthier communities for all.

    • Permanent Supportive Housing grants are awarded in partnership with the United Way Home for Good Funders Collaborative. This is done through an RFP that is released each spring.
    • Affordable housing development near transit is funded through our Smart Growth program via a request for proposal offered annually in the spring.
    • Research and advocacy grants are open year round through our Letter of Intent process.

    Francisco Covarrubias
    Program Associate, Housing and Economic Opportunity
    213-452-6257
    fcovarrubias [@] calfund [.] org

  • Strategies & Outcomes
    • Support projects or programs that lead to more efficient ways to produce new or preserve existing permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals in Los Angeles County.
    • Support nonprofits engaged in development, financing and advocacy for the preservation and production of affordable units near transit. We support nonprofit intermediaries that work to create new approaches and reform local, state or federal housing policy; provide technical assistance to agencies involved in the financing and preservation of multifamily affordable housing; educate and train nonprofit organizations and various government agencies on a wide variety of topics related to affordable housing finance; and provide loans and grants to help community developers and other partners revitalize their neighborhoods.
  • Eligibility

    General eligibility requirements.

    More likely to be competitive:

    • An experienced nonprofit developer that has a minimum of three years of successful history with production or preservation of permanent supportive housing; is experienced in development and ownership of existing permanent supportive housing units with a minimum of 200-400 units in portfolio or under development, 30% of which must be permanent supportive housing units; and has a minimum of 50% of units in project designated for permanent supportive housing.
    • An intermediary that has a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in providing ongoing training, technical assistance and financial support to community development organizations in Los Angeles County with a focus on smart growth issues.

    Less likely to be competitive:

    • A nonprofit developer that has fewer than three years of history with production or preservation of permanent supportive housing; has little experience in development and ownership of existing permanent supportive housing units with fewer than 200 units; and has less than 50% of units in project designated for permanent supportive housing.
    • An intermediary that is focused on providing mortgage financing for homebuyers.
  • FAQs

    Q: Can an organization that provides emergency and transitional housing to homeless families and individuals apply for a grant?

    A: No. The focus of this program is to support the development and preservation of permanent supportive housing for special needs populations.

    Q: Do you fund service providers?

    A: No. Our focus is to fund nonprofit housing developers to build housing. However, most housing developments include an array of services for both the tenants and the surrounding community.

    Q: Can an organization with existing buildings that need maintenance and support for services apply for a grant?

    A: These grants provide operating support to housing organizations that are continuously developing new and preserving existing affordable housing units through construction and rehab, but does not fund the construction and ongoing maintenance of specific projects or the provision of programs and services in those housing developments.

    Q: Do you fund capital projects for organizations interested in buying land and developing affordable units.

    A: We do not provide grants for capital projects, but loans may be available through the Program Related Investment (PRI) direct lending program.

    Q: Where can I get an application for an affordable apartment?

    A: CCF is not a housing provider. We have partnerships with nonprofit affordable housing organizations that manage their own buildings and application processes. For assistance, please visit the Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center.

  • To Apply

    Begin or resume your saved letter of intent.

    Apply Now

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