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Notice of Funding Availability for Supportive Housing for Homeless Families

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First 5 LA will accept applications on October 18, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on October 19, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please scroll down to view revised appendices and recently added documents.

Los Angeles County Children and Families First- Proposition 10 Commission ("First 5 LA") was established in 1998 after California voters approved Proposition 10, an effort to fund health, safety and early education programs for children prenatal to age 5 through revenue from tax on tobacco products. A local First 5 commission was created in each of the state's 58 counties to administer Proposition 10 funds, which are allocated based on each county's birth rate. First 5 LA's mission is to increase the number of Los Angeles County children prenatal to 5 years old who are physically and emotionally healthy, ready to learn, and safe from harm. First 5 LA believes that the first five years of life establish the foundation for the future success of our children. Accordingly, First 5 LA serves as a catalyst in bringing communities together and uniting organizations, businesses, and schools to provide resources and services for families and their children.

On July 12, 2012 the First 5 LA Commission approved a one-time allocation of $25,000,000 to be used to provide supportive housing and related services for families that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, that have had involvement with the child welfare system, and that include children aged prenatal to 5 years. This initiative is consistent with First 5 LA's mission to increase the number of children prenatal to age 5 who are physically and emotionally healthy, ready to learn, and safe from harm.

Homelessness puts children at risk of poor outcomes in all of First 5 LA's goal areas, which include:

  • Babies are born healthy;
  • Children maintain a healthy weight;
  • Children are safe from abuse and neglect; and
  • Children are ready for kindergarten.

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) makes available approximately $23,000,000 to eligible Applicants to provide housing and supportive services which enable these targeted families to remain stably housed, reduce child welfare system involvement, and gain self-sufficiency skills, in order to further First 5 LA's mission to increase the number of children ages 0-5 who are physically and emotionally healthy, ready to learn, and safe from harm.

Applicants must demonstrate that First 5 LA funds will be leveraged with other sources of public and private funding, including but not limited to Low-Income Housing Tax-Credits, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program, Los Angeles Housing Department's Affordable Housing Trust Fund or Permanent Supportive Housing program, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, other local funding, foundation grants, and private fundraising.

First 5 LA has designated the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles to act as one of its technical advisors in the development and administration of this NOFA.

First 5 LA has the right to change the requirements and policies described in this NOFA at First 5 LA's sole discretion. First 5 LA has the right to amend this NOFA by written addendum. First 5 LA is responsible only for that which is expressly stated in the solicitation document and any authorized written addenda thereto. Such addenda shall be made available online on or before October 5, 2012. Should any such addenda require additional information not previously requested, failure to address the requirements of such addenda may result in the Proposal not being considered, as determined in the sole discretion of First 5 LA. It is the responsibility of Applicants to ensure, prior to submission, that their application reflects the most recent addenda information, program requirements and policies. First 5 LA is not responsible for and shall not be bound by any representations otherwise made by any individual acting or purporting to act on their behalf. Addenda to this NOFA, if any, will be posted on First 5 LA's website at 

To download the Cover Letter and NOFA, please click onto the following documents:

A MANDATORY Bidder's Conference will be held for all Applicants interested in submitting a funding application. It is expected that potential Applicants will have read the NOFA in its entirety prior to attending the conference. The Bidder's Conference will provide a brief overview only of the NOFA and provide Applicants with the opportunity to ask questions. Applicants should bring their copy of the NOFA to the Bidders' Conference. Hard copies of the NOFA will not be provided.

Applications will not be accepted from Applicants that did not attend the Mandatory Bidders' Conference.

The Bidders' Conference will be held on Tuesday, September 25 from 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. at First 5 LA's offices at 750 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Questions and requests for additional information regarding this NOFA will be accepted by First 5 LA. The last day to email questions is by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2012. For subject line use "NOFA First 5 LA". First 5 LA reserves the sole right to determine the timing and content of the responses to all questions and requests for additional information. Questions and information requests may be submitted to Dr. Antonio Gallardo, Chief Program Officer, at


To be eligible for consideration, Applicants must first attend the Mandatory Bidders Conference and submit a complete application to First 5 LA c/o Community Development Community of the County of Los Angeles no later than 12:00 P.M. on October 19, 2012. Applicants must submit one (1) hard copy binder and two (2) exact electronic copies on PC formatted CDs. Both CD copies must be identical to the original application in order to be reviewed. Applications must include each item noted on the Application Checklist. Applicants must also review in detail Appendices 16-19 for sample loan agreement documents and Appendices 20 -21 for sample services contract documents. It is imperative that all Applicants fully understand contractual obligations should they be selected to receive a First 5 LA funding award under this NOFA. The selected Applicant shall be expected to execute the applicable agreement without substantive alteration. All project proposals and information collected in the course of the NOFA for Supportive Housing for Homeless Families Fund, in whatever form, shall be the sole property of First 5 LA.



Interested Applicants must complete and submit their funding applications and all required documents to First 5 LA no later than 12 p.m. on October 19, 2012. First 5 LA will accept applications on October 18, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on October 19, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The original application must be submitted in a three-ring binder clearly marked "Original" on the cover page. Applications must be submitted to:

Dr. Antonio Gallardo, Chief Program Officer

First 5 LA

c/o Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles

2 Coral Circle

Monterey Park, CA 90012

For additional information or further questions, please contact Dr. Antonio Gallardo at Thank you for your dedication to the children and families of Los Angeles County and for supporting the vision and mission of First 5 LA.