Housing Opportunities for Los Angeles (HOLA)

  • Overview

    California Community Foundation (CCF) leads positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities. We envision a future where all Angelenos have the opportunity to contribute to the productivity, health, and well-being of our region.  As such, we believe that our common fate will be determined by how successfully we improve the quality of life for all of our residents.    

    An important part of CCF’s work to strengthen communities is to address our region’s structural housing inequities that perpetuate housing insecurity and homelessness for marginalized communities. Los Angeles is one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, and low-income communities and people of color have disproportionate rates of overcrowdingsubstandard housing, and excessive cost burdensToo often, families must cut back on essential needs or move into overcrowded conditions to cover rent, both of which are linked to negative health outcomes. Alternatively, many families make the difficult decision to leave Los Angeles County altogether, into other markets with less economic opportunity and longer commuting times that increase greenhouse gas emissions.   

    To address these issues, CCF’s Housing and Economic Opportunity team has granted more than $30 million to local nonprofits since 2000, working collaboratively to develop a shared vision and strategy that helps our community produce more affordable and supportive housing, preserve existing affordability, and prevent displacement to fulfill the promise of stronger, healthier communities for all. 

    The HEO team is pleased to present this competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to help local nonprofit affordable and supportive housing providers increase their capacity to create more affordable housing and to enhance the region’s existing supply of affordable housing with new investments that promote better health outcomes and economic opportunity for residents.  

    Please see the “APPLY” section below for more information.  Applications are due no later than January 22, 2021 between 5:00 to 11:59pm PST.

    Francisco Covarrubias
    Program Manager, Housing
    fcovarrubias [@] calfund [.] org

  • Funding Availability

    CCF will award eight one-year grants for a combined total of $600,000 (additional funding may become available). Applicants can apply for either a core-operating grant to build the capacity of their organization or to support a specific initiative in an existing housing development. For both funding options, applicants must demonstrate how the grant supports the expansion or enhancement of affordable/supportive housing for lower-income households and/or people experiencing homelessness. The use of these grant funds to support shelters and transitional housing for people experiencing homelessness and other congregate living facilities is not an eligible use. CCF welcomes applications for innovative permanent housing interventions, like shared housing or the conversion of market rate, “Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing” (NOAH) into permanent affordable housing.

    A. Core Operating Grants 
    This funding will support activities that expand the organization’s capacity to increase the supply of affordable housing for low-income households (including people experiencing homelessness) that are internal to the applicant’s organization or external, like pre-development activities. Applicants for these funds must agree to work on at least one of the following goals with this core-operating support grant:

    Goal 1: Identify and implement organizational changes to better position the organization to increase its development pipeline.

    Goal 2: Conduct analyses for the potential use of new planning incentives and financial products to maximize use of new development sites.

    Goal 3: Develop and pilot scalable, innovative solutions that reduce the cost of development and project timelines.

    Goal 4: Predevelopment costs for new construction, adaptive reuse, or conversion of market rate housing into affordable housing.

    Goal 5: To help the applicant be more responsive to the community’s urgent calls for racial equity in the housing industry, fund diversity and inclusion efforts for the organization, and/or other strategies to identify and include black-ran/black-led organizations working with historically marginalized communities within its workforce, third-party vendor services and construction/supplier contracts.

    B. Project Support Grants 
    This funding will support existing housing developments by creating or enhancing economic opportunity, educational or health services for residents. Applicants will have to demonstrate their commitment to advance at least one of the following goals with these grant funds:

    Goal 1: Food Security. For example, through services that help residents enroll in the CalFresh Program; or the creation of community gardens.

    Goal 2: Health Equity. For example, through services that help residents enroll in Medi-Cal; or improvements to buildings that promote better health outcomes for residents.

    Goal 3: Wealth Generation. For example, the creation of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for residents.

    Goal 4: Economic Opportunity. For example, support for local, small businesses/entrepreneurs in nonresidential portions of affordable housing developments; or educational/workforce services for residents.

    Minimum Eligibility Requirements 
    For both Funding Opportunities:  

    • The applicant must have a qualifying 501(c)(3) designation or a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation.
    • Activities funded by this grant opportunity must occur within Los Angeles County.

    Additional Requirements for Core Operating Grants:

    • Applicant must be headquartered (and have majority of operations) in Los Angeles County.
    • The applicant cannot have a core-operating support grant of more than $25,000 from CCF active for the years of 2020-2022.
  • Proposal Evaluation Criteria and Timeline

    This is a competitive grant process. CCF’s experienced grantmaking staff will evaluate the application narrative and required documents to determine which organization is most likely to succeed and have the greatest impact in Los Angeles County. Proposals will also be evaluated using the following criteria:

    • Proposed activities advance CCF’s existing organizational mission and aligns with a Board-approved strategic plan.
    • Strategies are based on models, experience, or research that has proven to be successful in increasing the development of affordable housing or can demonstrate the ability to prove success through an accompanying evaluation.
    • Workplans outline clear goals, objectives, outcomes, timeline, and meaningful benchmarks to monitor progress and success.
    • Applicants demonstrate an ability and willingness to share their experiences and lessons learned with other CCF grantees and stakeholders.
    • Organization and lead staff have the capacity, expertise and demonstrated track record to carryout proposed project.
    • Proposal embraces the importance of both preventing displacement and increasing affordable housing by serving people most impacted by the affordability crisis.
    • The organization demonstrates its commitment to racial equity and prioritizes marginalized communities through its policies and practices. CCF staff will give special consideration for applicants that are black-ran/black-led organizations.

    Application Timeline 

    • December 21, 2020 – RFP guidelines released on www.calfund.org
    • January 6, 2021 – Application portal opens for submissions
    • January 22, 2021 – Deadline for submitting applications; portal closes at 11:59pm PST
    • March 19, 2021 – Board of Directors vote to approve grants; grant announcements
    • April 1, 2021 – One-year grant term begins
    • March 31, 2022 – One-year grant term ends
    • April 29, 2022 – Final grant report narrative due
  • Narrative and Required Attachments
    1. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Please describe the new project, program or approach you are proposing to work on. Using the goals listed above for “Core Operating Grants” and “Project Based Grants,” describe which goals your projects aims to achieve. What is the target geography and population served?
    2. ORGANIZATION: Describe your past success in developing affordable housing and how the proposed project fits into your organization’s mission and strategic plan. Provide data on how many units your organization owns, self-manage, has under construction, and are in the predevelopment pipeline.
    3. PARTNERSHIPS: How will you staff this effort over the course of the grant period (Bios of Key Staff are required in the Attachments section)? If there are partner organizations that you will work with, please describe the status of this potential partnership and how this collaboration will maximize resources.
    4. INNOVATION: Describe how this project/program is innovative or creative. Describe how this is different or more efficient than what has been done in the past.
    5. FEASIBILITY: Where are you in the planning process? What are the challenges? Is there any model or precedent for this locally or elsewhere? Describe the steps you will take from this point to the launch of your project/program.
    6. SUCCESS: Describe how you will determine success for this project/program. Provide measurable goals with a deadline for each milestone anticipated to be achieved during the grant period.
    7. REPLICABLE: Assuming that this project/program will be successful, describe how it can be replicated or brought to scale by your organization or others. How will you share lessons learned from the project’s success or failure?
    8. RACIAL EQUITY: Describe how your proposal will advance racial justice and prioritize marginalized communities.
  • Required Organizational Attachments
    • Agency Operating Budget (current fiscal year)
    • Organizational Chart
    • List of Board Members with Demographics
    • Bios of Key Staff
    • List of Funders (for organization)
    • Strategic Plan (most current)
    • Financial Projections (2 – 5 years)
    • Most recent Audited Financial Statements
    • IRS W9 Form
  • Apply

    Applications can be accessed and submitted through the CCF portal. For instructions on accessing the application portal please send an email to Francisco Covarrubias, Program Manager, Housing at fcovarrubias [@] calfund [.] org.

    Applications are due no later than January 22, 2021 between 5:00 to 11:59pm PST.

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