Frequently Asked Questions

Letter from the NAMI California on Proposition 2

Why does NAMI California support Proposition 2?

  • NAMI California supports Proposition 2 because providing supportive housing is not only a critical part of NAMI California’s Policy Platform, but it has also been identified as a top priority by NAMI California’s membership.

  • NAMI California believes that housing itself is vital to recovery and must be made available to individuals with mental illness. Additionally, individuals with serious mental illnesses need a wide array of options for permanent, decent, and affordable housing, based on an individual’s needs and choices. The proven way to provide adequate housing options for individuals living with a severe mental illness is to offer supportive housing services.

  • NAMI California’s Policy Platform also addresses “the right to treatment for persons with serious mental illnesses who are homeless and for those at risk of becoming homeless.” NAMI California believes that persons with serious mental illnesses who are homeless should have individualized treatment plans that are integrated into existing systems of care and related health and human service systems.

  • Both NAMI California and our affiliates have called for permanent, supportive housing for those living with a severe mental illness which Proposition 2 addresses.

How will Proposition 2 funding work?

  • Proposition 2 offers counties $2 billion through state bonds, which are financed by MHSA funding, to build supportive housing units through the No Place Like Home Plan.

  • The California Department of Housing and Community Development will award these funds to counties through non-competitive and competitive grant allocations.

  • No Place Like Home offers counties approximately $190 million in a non-competitive grants. 

  • No Place Like Home also offers $1.8 billion in competitive grants.

  • All counties are eligible to receive a minimum of $500,000. For any funds above this amount, the funds are allocated to each county based on the county’s proportional share of the state’s homeless population as measured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

How does my county apply for Proposition 2 funding?

  • There are two separate applications for Proposition 2 funding:

    • The non-competitive allocation application

    • The competitive allocation application

  • Each process will have a separate Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) which states all the requirements for receiving funding. NOFAs are posted on the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s website.

  • The non-competitive allocation NOFA has already been released and posted to the Department’s website. Applications are due by August 15, 2019.

  • The NOFA for the first round of competitive allocations will be released in the fall of 2018.

 How can I get involved in the application process?

  • One of the requirements for counties applying for No Place Like Home funds is to submit a County Plan specifying goals, strategies, and activities being developed to reduce homelessness for individuals living with a severe mental illness. 

  • County Plans have to be developed in a collaborative stakeholder process that includes county representatives with relevant knowledge on behavioral health, public health, probation/criminal justice, social services, and housing departments. Other required groups include housing and homeless services providers, health care providers, and representatives of family caregivers of persons living with serious mental illness.

  • While this process is currently being developed and can be somewhat complex, community stakeholder input processes generally involve meetings at the county level to obtain input from stakeholders and the opportunity to comment on proposed plans.

  • For a more detailed description of the community stakeholder process click here!

  • For more information on community program planning processes, click here, or reach out to your county board of supervisors or the NAMI California advocacy department (advocacy@namica.org).

 How will Proposition 2 affect my county’s MHSA funding? Is my county going to lose MHSA funding?*

  • Overall, counties should not see a loss in total MHSA funding.

  • While there may be an initial drop in dollars received, these funds would be offset through the grant process, as described below:

  • The NPLH program takes monies “off the top” of the MHSA fund, meaning that monies for NPLH are drawn from the fund before the remaining monies are categorized and awarded through the MHSA’s 5 county program grant components (Community Services and Support, Prevention and Early Intervention, Innovation, Capital Facilities and Technological Needs, and Workforce and Education Training).

  • MHSA county program grants will then be awarded from this slightly reduced total MHSA fund. The funds taken “off the top” are used to bond monies for NPLH. These newly raised monies   are then distributed to counties through the non-competitive and competitive grant process.

  • Through this process, Proposition 2 actually increases the total available funding for counties, because the state will issue bonds which creates additional revenue. 

  • To learn more about NPLH funding click here to visit the official NPLH page.

  • Additionally, the overall amount of MHSA funds available is also projected to increase over the next two years, which will likely cover any new costs created by Proposition 2.

    • While the 2018-19 Governor’s Budget shows that an estimated $1.798 billion was deposited into the MHSA Fund in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the 2018-19 Governor’s Budget projects that $2.095 billion will be deposited in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Additionally, an estimated $2.235 billion will be deposited into the MHSA Fund in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

    • If the Governor’s Budget estimates are correct, approximately $140 million in additional revenue will be available in the MHSA Fund for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

*Please note that the process for funding and administering the NPLH program is still being developed by the state. The information presented here was obtained through conversations with staff of organizations involved in the NPLH program development. NAMI-CA will provide additional links and documentation as they are made available.

I live in a small county, won’t we be at a disadvantage competing against bigger counties?

  • No, counties will be organized into four separate categories based on population. Counties will compete for funds only against counties of similar size in their category.

  • The categories are organized into the County of Los Angeles, large counties with a population greater than 750,000, medium counties with a population between 200,000 to 750,000, and small counties with a population less than 200,000.