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2021 NOFA – Affordable Housing

Notice Of Funding Availability

For the Acquisition/Rehabilitation or New Development of Affordable Rental or Ownership Housing

NOFA ISSUED: 11/12/2021

RESPONSES DUE: 12/23/2021 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Full NOFA Announcement available here: City of San Rafael Affordable Housing Trust Fund NOFA

Application available here: Affordable Housing Trust Fund ApplicationDisclosures Statement , Budget Template (beta)

Responses must be submitted by email to Jacob.Noonan@cityofsanrafael.org no later than 5:00 pm on December 23, 2021. All documents included in the response must be in pdf file format. Applicants may upload pdf responses to a drop box and email an access link.

Incomplete submissions or submissions that do not meet the minimum qualifications or otherwise do not conform to the requirements specified will not be considered.



November 12, 2021

Informational Webinar

December 8, 2021, 3:00-4:00PM

Responses Due:

December 23, 2021 by 5:00PM


January 3 – January 14, 2022

Developer Team Interview(s):

January 17 – January 21, 2022

Notice of Pending Award(s):

Late January 2022

Award(s) Approved by the City Council:

March 2022



The Department will hold one recorded live webinar to review the NOFA and application. The webinar will be posted on the 2021 NOFA webpage. See the timeline above for date and time, this information is also available on the Department’s website at: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/funding-for-housing-projects/. Please email jacob.noonan@cityofsanrafael.org for registration.

View the December 8th Informational Webinar recording.

All Questions Should be Addressed To:

Jacob Noonan
Housing Programs Manager
City of San Rafael Community Development Department
1400 5th Ave, Third Floor
San Rafael, CA 94901

The City of San Rafael announces the availability of two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) in funding available for the construction or the preservation of permanently affordable rental housing for seniors, families, and individuals and families with special needs including individuals and families formerly experiencing homelessness. The funding is available through the City of San Rafael Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

The San Rafael Community Development Department (“CDD”), acting on behalf of the City, is the administrator of the housing trust fund and administrator of this notice of funding. All questions should be directed to Jacob Noonan, Housing Programs Manager by email: jacob.noonan@cityofsanrafael.org, or phone: (415) 295-5471.

Funding Process and Timeline

Funding will be awarded through a competitive process. Qualified responses might be awarded in full or in part and funding may be awarded to one or more projects depending on number of responses received and on how each response addresses the goals of this NOFA. Responses shall be evaluated and recommended for award using the selection criteria provided. Funding awards will be approved by the City of San Rafael City Council.


Goals for the NOFA

Successful responses will meet the affordable housing goals provided in the County of Marin Consolidated Plan and the City of San Rafael Housing Element. The Housing Element provides the affordable housing goals of the City of San Rafael, while the consolidated plan is a five-year strategic plan for federal funding programs including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME). Both sets of goals are included in the NOFA to assure responses awarded will also be competitive for an award of the City’s share of CDBG and HOME funds, which are administered by the County.

The City of San Rafael Housing Element and Marin County Consolidated Plan and are available online: City of San Rafael 2015-2023 Housing Element
Provides the affordable housing goals for the City of San Rafael.


Marin County 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan

The Consolidated Plan is a five (5) year strategic plan that identifies goals for federal funding programs provided through HUD, including the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). The Consolidated Plan provides a framework for identifying priorities and programs to address affordable housing, community development needs, and public services for extremely low- up to moderate-income families, persons with disabilities, seniors, and youth.


Affordable Housing Trust Fund Guidelines

In addition to the goals provided in the consolidated plan and housing element, responses must meet the guidelines in San Rafael City Council Resolution 14760, Guidelines for the Administration of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (“Guidelines”).



Responses must demonstrate the following minimum qualifications:

Eligible projects:

  • Acquisition/Rehabilitation including conversion of market rate housing or adaptive reuse of buildings to affordable housing.
  • New Construction of affordable housing including the residential portions of mixed-use and live/work projects that meet the affordability requirements of the Guidelines.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Non-profit organizations, qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
  • For-profit developers of affordable housing. For-profit developers experienced in residential development may also partner with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Eligible Activities:

  • Land or property acquisition.
  • Predevelopment (architecture, engineering/soil, environmental, financial analysis);
  • Construction (site preparation, construction, materials);
  • Conversion of market rate housing, or non-residential buildings, to deed-restricted affordable housing;
  • Any other activity CDD determines helps to address program goals and priorities of increasing affordable housing as reflected by ordinances and resolutions established by the City Council.

Developer Team Experience:

  • At least one member of the developer team must have completed at least one affordable housing project within the City of San Rafael or a comparative locality. Affordable housing project means a residential or residential mixed-use project with residential units set aside for individuals and families earning at or below Area Median Income (AMI).

Considerations for Funding

  • Project meets all requirements provided in the Guidelines;
  • Developer team able to demonstrate site control or ability to achieve site control, including but not limited to a purchase sale agreement, executed deed or contract of sale, or letter from a public agency or other entity agreeing to convey property and including the terms and conditions of such a transfer.
  • Budget demonstrates capacity to provide the greatest return on the City’s investment by maximizing number of affordable units created through the creative use of design, materials, construction techniques, and financing.
  • Financing plan includes reasonable per unit city subsidy coupled with other funding sources based on target population, project type and cost effectiveness (cost per person, externalities, reserves, leveraging).
  • Ability of the project to contribute toward meeting the City’s goals for new housing development and the Regional Housing Needs Allocation.

Additional Funding Considerations

The City of San Rafael Community Development Department will provide technical assistance to awarded developer teams including site, development, and financial analysis assistance; support obtaining state and federal funding; assistance with entitlements; and support in community outreach and engagement.


All submissions must include specific information regarding the developer’s experience with the development and management of affordable housing and clearly indicate the roles and responsibilities of each member of the development team.

All submissions should be concise and relevant to the NOFA and include the following information and documents:

I. Application Packet completed with all applicable forms, attachments, and budgets included. The list of items included in the application packet include:

  1. Preliminary budget and finance plan including sources and uses. Depending on what stage the project is at this should include the predevelopment and construction budgets and the commercial construction budget if the project is mixed use. If the project acquires existing rental property, current rent role and any available information on tenant household income should be provided.
  2. Schedule for the project with major milestones.
  3. Management plan and operating budget for at least 20 years.
  4. Agreements, any joint venture partnership agreement or other agreement between development partners on the development team.
  5. Resolution or other form of authority, signed by a Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Secretary, or managing partners, which lists the specific Officers who are authorized to execute agreements on behalf of the firm.

II. Cover letter summarizing the project team.

  1. A brief description of each entity in the project team and tax filing status.
  2. Qualifications and experience of entities involved in the project and roles of each entity, including company profiles staff leads.
  3. Information on staff working on the project including experience with similar projects.
  4. List of previous similar work including client, property location, and number of units, type of financing (Federal, State, and local).

III. Project summary, including number of units, number of bedrooms/baths per unit, affordability levels, accessibility features. The project summary will refer to and compliment the information provided in the application packet.

IV. Disclosure form, filled out and signed, one for each development team member.

V. Any other information that would help the selection team understand and evaluate the development proposal. Information may include client references for past development projects. References should include the following information:

  • Brief project description including number of units and populations served.
  • Client contact person's name, title, organization, physical and email address, telephone number, and the project(s) that were completed under that client’s direction.


City staff anticipates the NOFA process will following the proposed timeline provided, however this timeline is tentative and subject to change. Staff will provide recommendations of which projects to fund to the San Rafael City Council and request City Council approval to negotiate the appropriate funding agreement.


The City reserves the right to suspend, amend or modify the provisions of this NOFA, to extend the submission deadline, to reject all proposals, to negotiate modifications of proposals, or to award less than the full amount of funding available.

While the dates and schedule stated in this NOFA represent the City’s preferred timetable, it shall not be considered binding on the City. The submission of a response to this NOFA shall not be binding upon the City nor construed as a contract with or a commitment by the City. The City will not pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this request. The City reserves the right to make decisions on which proposal it deems in the City’s best interest, including rejecting all applicants or

All submissions shall be public records subject to public disclosure pursuant to the provisions of the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.).

Environmental review and assessment

Funding commitments shall be assessed in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). If Federal funding is involved, the project will be assessed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Minimum City Contracting Requirements

The City of San Rafael will enter into a funding agreement with the successful applicants. The funding agreement will require the organization to maintain insurance coverage for the organization and its employees and for the property funded by the City, as specified below.  The City of San Rafael will require each organization to carry the following minimum insurance:

  1. Commercial general liability insurance policy in the amount of $1,000,000 ($2,000,000 aggregate). The City of San Rafael shall be named as an additional insured on the commercial general liability policy;
  2. Commercial automobile liability policy including non-owned and hired automobile, in the amount of $1,000,000; and
  3. Workers Compensation as required by state law.

All of the above policies shall be payable on a per occurrence basis.

Contractors may also be required to carry errors & omissions, professional liability, or malpractice insurance.

The City of San Rafael does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or national origin in employment or in its educational programs and activities. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Alternative formats will be made available upon request.

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