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County Fund for Housing

The County of Sonoma (“County”) established the County Fund for Housing (CFH) in 2003 to provide financial assistance for the development and preservation of affordable housing located in Sonoma County. The purpose of the CFH is to develop, preserve, and accelerate the pace of development of below market-rate housing for low-, very low-, and extremely low-income households. To achieve this purpose, CFH resources shall be used to provide loans and grants to qualified developers, public entities, groups, and individuals to undertake activities which create, maintain, or expand the County’s affordable housing stock.

CFH receives funds from multiple local sources, including, but not limited to:
• County of Sonoma General Fund
• County of Sonoma Reinvestment and Revitalization Funds
• Developer In-Lieu Fees
• Transient Occupancy Tax
• CFH loan processing fees, interest, and loan repayments

Read the Full CFH funding policies here.

2020 Notice of Funding Availability-Revised

September 19, 2020

The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (Commission) requests applications for eligible Affordable Housing projects to receive funding from the County Fund for Housing (CFH) loan program. There will be no Low Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund component in this funding cycle. This funding cycle will include a new addition: $854,424 from Public Local Housing Allocation (PLHA). Twenty percent of the funds in the amount of $179,878.60 shall be set-aside for Affordable Owner-Occupied Workforce Housing and the balance of $674,544.75 shall be specifically prioritized investments to increase the supply of housing for households that are at 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) in Sonoma County.  The application and review process for these two sources of funding will run concurrently.

CFH funding is generally available once a year and is available for affordable rental and homeownership projects located in cities/towns as well as in unincorporated areas of the County.  It is estimated that there will be $2,130,000 in CFH funds available this year, although the final sum will be established at the Community Development Committee public hearing on November 18, 2020.  The interest rate on a CFH loan is 3% unless an alternative is required by other funding sources.

The packet contains:

Please review these materials carefully for important information on project eligibility and application procedures. A virtual Technical Assistance training session is scheduled for: 

Thursday October 1, 2020 at
WebEx: https://mymeeting.sonoma-county.org/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=2b43d2dfb2efc5f810adbbefda447040

Attendance by any agency or organization considering submittal of a funding application is highly recommended.  During the Technical Assistance session, Commission staff will discuss in more detail the minimum application requirements and guiding principles for a project to be considered eligible and recommended for funding.

The CFH funding policies further the goals of the County’s General Plan Housing Element, and the Board of Supervisors Strategic Priorities. In accord with the funding policies the Commission has established the top three guiding principles and priorities for this funding cycle.  As such, the Commission will recommend awarding funds to the most competitive proposals that best meet the following priorities:

  • Projects that demonstrate Commission funds will be leveraged against total development costs at least 7:1
  • Projects demonstrating advanced readiness via (a) entitlements; (b) financing commitments; (c) permitting
  • Project developers who can demonstrate previous success obtaining federal tax credits and/or state funding to develop housing within the last seven years
  • Projects that can demonstrate existing support from other jurisdictions via letters of support, funding commitments, etc.

All applications must be submitted to the Community Development Commission by October 30, 2020 by 2:00p.m. (Revised)

Funding applications from eligible project sponsors, including local government and public agencies with proof of tax exempt status, as well as for-profit developers will be considered for funding at a public hearing on December 16, 2020 (Revised)  Applicants MUST attend the public hearing to remain eligible for funding.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the Community Development Committee will make funding recommendation to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The Board is expected to consider recommendations and make funding decisions on or about December 15, 2020.

Please contact Darrin O’Hara at (707) 565-7522 or Darrin.O’Hara@sonoma-county.org  if you have any questions about the application process and requirements, or to receive an application packet.

Download 2020-21 CFH NOFA(PDF: 1 kB) 

CFH Timeline (Revised on 10/07/2020)

Date Activity 
September 18, 2020NOFA Released 
October 1, 2020 at 3:00pmTechnical Assistance Session - Click Here to Join
October 30, 2020 at 2:00p.m.All Applications Due 
December 16, 2020Community Development Committee Public Hearing 
January 1, 2021BOS Approval (tentative)

Contact Information

Chris Raschke

Administrative Aide

Sonoma County Community Development Commission

County of Sonoma
Contact us by Phone
Sonoma County Community Development Commission

1440 Guerneville Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.457092, -122.733925

Income and Rent Limits

Income and Rent Limits
Maximum household income and rent cost to be eligible for programs administered by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission.

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