Multifamily Rental Housing NOFA


A large percentage of the loan programs administered by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) go toward assisting the development and construction or renovation of multifamily rental housing for Special Needs populations.  Eligible projects applying for funding under a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) must be new construction, or acquisition with substantial rehabilitation, providing at least 15 units of permanent rental housing.  Affordable rents and income restrictions are required in exchange for favorable loan terms.  Eligible applicants include non-profit and for-profit organizations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, public agencies, other local jurisdictions, and joint ventures among any of these entities.  Apartment buildings or complexes that receive financing assistance from the LACDA are required to submit annual compliance reports which are monitored by the LACDA staff.

Proposed developments that are located within 500 feet of a freeway are now eligible, with the following restrictions. If any portion of a proposed development site is within 500 feet of a freeway, the project must be designed in such a way as to exclude from this 500-foot freeway “buffer” area any portion of the residential building.  Play areas, community rooms, gardens, patios, and other areas where residents may reasonably be expected to congregate shall also be excluded from the buffer area.  An example of a suitable use within the 500-foot freeway buffer is a parking lot.  The LACDA shall review and approve, at its sole discretion, any site plans for developments of this type.

The LACDA will issue two NOFAs per year, which will allow project sponsors to meet both first and second tax credit rounds.

In accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (if applicable), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and the Civil Rights Act of California, it is the policy of the LACDA, that residential rental properties that receive funding, service, or program assistance must adhere to all applicable federal and state laws and requirements related to Fair Housing and Accessibility.

Click here for the LACDA's guidelines pertaining to the fair housing, affirmative marketing, tenant selection, and accessibility for projects receiving NOFA funding.

On January 7, 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the Pet-Friendly Housing Ordinance, which took effect on February 6, 2020. The Pet-Friendly Housing Ordinance: (1) authorizes tenants to have at least one pet in a rental unit in new or rehabilitated multifamily housing developments financed, in whole or in part, by the County and/or the LACDA on or after the effective date of the Ordinance, consistent with all Federal and State laws; and (2) requires landlords to maintain and provide a copy of pet policies to tenants.  

Pet Friendly Housing Ordinance

Pet Friendly Guidelines

In response to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated Community Development Block Grant Program - Disaster Recovery Multifamily Housing Program (CDBG-DR MHP) funds to HCD to be distributed statewide to disaster-affected areas. The County was identified as a subrecipient of these funds. The County of Los Angeles (County), by and thorough its agent the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), is seeking proposals from qualified development firms (Applicants) to develop permanent, affordable multifamily rental housing units to assist with meeting the unmet rental housing need, as a result of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Major Declarations DR-4344 in October 2017 and DR-4353 in December 2017, and DR-4382 in July-September 2018 and DR-4407 in November 2018.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) contains the program requirements for Community Development Block Grant Program - Disaster Recovery Multifamily Housing Program (CDBG-DR MHP) funds allocated to the County by the State for California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The LACDA will administer these CDBG-DR Program funds on behalf of the County and will provide loan underwriting, construction monitoring, and asset management services. These funds will be awarded to one or more projects meeting qualifying criteria as described in this RFP.

Application deadline is Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

For more information, click on the links below.

Request for Proposals
Underwriting Guidelines. (Appendix A)
RFP # LACDA21-028 Application (Appendix B)
Addendum No 1. Final 10-15-21
DR-MHP RFP LACDA 21-028. Questions and Answers. Final 10-15-21
DR-MHP RFP No. LACDA21-028 - Applications Received
DR-MHP RFP No. LACDA21-028 - Final Scores