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  ( Division 31 repealed and added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 610. )


  ( Heading of Part 2 amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 996. )

CHAPTER 15. Family Housing Demonstration Program [50880 - 50895]

  ( Chapter 15 added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 30, Sec. 5. )

ARTICLE 2. Community Housing Developments [50887.5 - 50889]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 30, Sec. 5. )


The department is encouraged, as appropriate, to enter into interagency agreements with any state department or agency to ensure close coordination and cooperation in using the funds of the other departments or agencies for the jobs component, child care component, or other components of the housing developments.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 225, Sec. 55. Effective August 16, 2004.)


Each community housing development shall consist of three components: a housing component, a supportive services component, and a jobs and economic development component.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 30, Sec. 5. Effective March 14, 1988.)


(a) Housing assisted pursuant to this chapter shall be subject to the following provisions:

(1)  For the period during which the development benefits from assistance provided pursuant to this chapter, and not less than 10 years, households moving into assisted units must be comprised of CalWORKs recipients and their families.

(A)  Following this period, occupancy shall be limited in accordance with the provisions of the Multifamily Housing Program established by Chapter 6.7 (commencing with Section 50675).

(2)  Child care must be available to all households living in assisted units. The child care must be available onsite or in close proximity to the housing.

(3)  Case management services must be available to all households living in assisted units commencing upon initial occupancy and continuing for at least three months following termination of the program assistance provided to these households.

(4)  The assistance provided to individual households shall be for the purpose of assisting them in moving from welfare to work, or to retain employment as determined necessary by the county welfare department and consistent with the services provided by the county’s CalWORKs program.

(5)  The regulatory agreement entered into between the department and the sponsor shall contain provisions (A) for requiring termination of program assistance consistent with the requirements of the local welfare reform plan and CalWORKs; (B) for expeditiously transferring assistance to a new CalWORKs recipient household, once assistance has been terminated for a household that no longer qualifies for the assistance; (C) for grievance hearings and other resident protections which ensure reasonable security of occupancy; (D) to ensure that if an eligible household’s income exceeds the standard pursuant to which it was accepted for tenancy, that fact alone shall neither constitute cause for the eviction nor be a violation of the sponsor’s loan agreement; (E) for requiring sponsors to collect and report to the department such information as the department deems necessary for program evaluation purposes; and (F) any other provisions necessary to carry out the purposes and requirements of this chapter.

(6)  In evaluating projects for funding and to permit assessment of the efficacy of various housing models, the weighted underwriting and evaluative criteria shall give consideration to ensuring that a variety of project types receive funding.

(7)  (A)  Community housing developments shall include all of the following features and criteria:

(i)  A jobs and economic development component.

(ii)  A child care center and play area adequate in size to serve the residents of the development, and may also serve the children of nonresidents of the development.

(iii)  A community room, which may also be the child care center.

(iv)  Adequate laundry facilities.

(v)  Other features as appropriate.

(B)  The jobs and economic development component of a community housing development shall consist of a program of job placement and training for residents which shall be implemented commencing upon initial occupancy of the development. The program shall be based on a consideration of existing potential employment at nearby facilities through publicly assisted or other job training or entry level employments programs, as well as employment in the management and operation of the development, including the child care center. The economic and development component shall be subject to the department’s approval and shall be memorialized as a rider to the regulatory agreement.

(8)  The housing must be on a main transportation system.

(9)  Sponsors shall provide evidence that the proposed development is consistent with the Welfare Reform Plan required pursuant to Section 10531 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, as adopted by the county board of supervisors.

(10)  If the CalWORKs program ceases to exist or is modified to the extent that it becomes financially infeasible for developments assisted pursuant to this chapter to comply with the requirements of this chapter, as determined by the department, the department may modify these requirements to the extent necessary to preserve the financial feasibility of the developments.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 637, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2000.)


The community housing development shall include, to the extent feasible, financial and nonfinancial public assistance and private assistance in its development costs as well as its operating costs, as determined by the department. The department shall adopt regulations which encourage the use of other assistance as identified in this section. The categories of assistance shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(a)  Direct financial grants from public and private sources including, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grants, Urban Development Assistance Grants, redevelopment agency grants, or foundation grants.

(b)  Direct loans for construction, mortgages, or operational costs from state or local issuances of revenue bonds or redevelopment bonds, or other public or private loans which result in below market rate financing.

(c)  Direct nonfinancial considerations, including those required pursuant to Chapter 4.3 (commencing with Section 65915) of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code.

(d)  Indirect financial considerations such as the waiver of local fees, the reduction or elimination of land dedications and impact fees, and the provision of infrastructure costs.

(e)  Direct financial assistance from private industry councils and service delivery areas under Division 8 (commencing with Section 15000) of the Unemployment Insurance Code, or Article 3.1 (commencing with Section 11315) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code or private sector investment in support of job training, job placement, or self-employment or residents or potential residents.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1311, Sec. 8. Effective September 25, 1990.)

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