In September 2017, the California Legislature approved Senate Bill 2 (SB 2), known as the Building Homes and Jobs Act (Act), which established a $75 recording fee on real estate documents to increase the supply of affordable housing. The Act establishes the Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) program administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The PLHA provides a permanent source of funding to cities and counties to help meet the unmet need for affordable housing and increase the supply of affordable housing units.
Pursuant to PLHA funding requirements, jurisdictions seeking funds must submit a PLHA plan outlining how the jurisdiction intends to use the funds on eligible activities over the course of five years, how the local government will prioritize investments that increase the supply of housing for households with incomes at or below 60 percent of AMI, and how the plan relates to the local jurisdictions Housing Element. The plan is meant to guide the City and County in developing collaborative projects to achieve our housing goals.
This past February, a group of City and County staff along with Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency began to meet to put together the draft PLHA Five-Year Plan. After several meetings, the PLHA Team came up with a holistic approach to address Homelessness, persons in jeopardy of being homeless and identifying and breaking down barriers to obtaining affordable housing.
In creating this document, the PLHA Team wanted to look at each phase of housing needs (Emergency, Temporary and Permanent) and develop strategies, using Housing First Model as a guide, and goals that would assist in:
Getting people into safe housing situations:
Identify and assess barriers to housing
Provide case management services to develop pathways to permanent housing
Create additional emergency, temporary and permanent housing units
The PLHA Team came up with the following priority projects for PLHA funding:
Outdoor Managed Emergency Shelter
Homeless Services Case Management/ Supportive Services