Agenda Item   



                                                                                                                        ASR Control  23-000982




legal entity taking action:

Board of Supervisors

board of supervisors district(s):

All Districts

SUBMITTING Agency/Department:

OC Community Resources   (Approved)

Department contact person(s):

Dylan Wright (714) 480-2788 



Julia Bidwell (714) 480-2991



Subject:  Safe Homes for OC Seniors


      ceo CONCUR

County Counsel Review

Clerk of the Board


No Legal Objection




3 Votes Board Majority




    Budgeted: Yes

Current Year Cost:   $200,000

Annual Cost: FY 2024-25 $600,000




    Staffing Impact:


# of Positions:            

Sole Source:   N/A

    Current Fiscal Year Revenue: N/A

   Funding Source:     See Financial Impact Section

County Audit in last 3 years: No

   Levine Act Review Completed: N/A


    Prior Board Action:         7/16/2019 #29




Approve “Safe Homes for OC Seniors,” a housing rehabilitation program to provide assistance to low-income seniors in Orange County unincorporated communities starting in Calendar Year 2024, utilizing up to $800,000 in previously approved Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation funds and authorize OC Community Resources Director or Designee to implement program per Program Description and Guidelines as described in Attachment A.






Establishing the Safe Homes for OC Seniors housing rehabilitation program will assist low-income seniors in the unincorporated communities of Orange County in making basic health, safety and welfare-related home repairs to enable them to continue living safely in their own homes.





On July 16, 2019, the Board of Supervisors (Board) directed OC Community Resources (OCCR) to create the Safe Homes for OC Seniors housing rehabilitation pilot program and return to the Board within 120 days to seek approval of a plan to establish an ongoing program for low-income seniors in unincorporated communities as part of the County of Orange's (County) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and identify any other available funding sources.


On September 25, 2019, a status report was submitted to the Board requesting additional time to research other funding opportunities that could contribute to the Safe Homes for OC Seniors pilot program beyond the already identified CDBG funding.


OCCR reviewed all available funding sources for housing rehabilitation programs and submitted a status report to the Board on January 13, 2020. While reviewing the potential funding sources for this pilot program, OCCR applied for and was awarded $200,000 per year from CDBG funds through the Annual Action Plans for program years 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24, for a total of $800,000. Each award must be expended within six years of funding from the program year. To ensure the timely drawdown of the funding, OCCR is recommending utilizing $400,000 for the first year and adding funding to the program as needed up to the $800,000 available. Future award(s) or adjustments will be approved with the CDBG Annual Action Plan, subject to funding amounts from HUD and will be brought to the Board for approval in April or May of each year.


Attachment A outlines the program description and guidelines for the Safe Homes for OC Seniors housing rehabilitation program. If approved, OCCR will utilize an initial $400,000 of CDBG funds in the first year, up to $800,000 in total, to assist up to 40 households whose head of household is 62 years or older, whose income is at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income and resides in Orange County unincorporated communities with grants up to $20,000 per household for eligible housing rehabilitation repairs or improvements.


OCCR will continue to explore potential partnership opportunities with County programs and other State and Federal programs that align with assisting senior homeowners.


OCCR selected a consultant through a professional services Request for Proposal (RFP) process to assist with implementation of the program. On October 28, 2021, OCCR issued an RFP, which was advertised on the County online bidding system. One proposal was received and deemed responsive. The evaluation panel consisting of three (3) subject matter experts, two (2) from OCCR/OC Housing & Community Development and one (1) from OC Health Care Agency, scored the responsive proposal and provided its recommendation for selection of a consultant to assist in implementing the program. If the recommended action of this agenda staff report is approved by the Board, OCCR will implement the program in accordance with Attachment A in early 2024.


Compliance with NEPA: As defined under the National Environmental Policy Act per 24 CFR 58.34 (a)(3), the proposed activity is exempt.


Compliance with CEQA: This action is not a project within the meaning of CEQA Guidelines Section 15378 and therefore not subject to CEQA, since it does not have the potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment. The approval of this agenda item does not commit the County to a definite course of action in regard to a project since it includes approval of Safe Homes for OC Seniors, a Housing Rehabilitation pilot program to help low-income seniors in the unincorporated communities of Orange County. This proposed activity is therefore not subject to CEQA. Any future action connected to this approval that constitutes a project will be reviewed for compliance with CEQA.







Appropriations and revenue for this program are included in Budget Control 15G FY 2023-24 budget and any remaining funds will be included in the budgeting process for future years. Initial funding is 100% federal CDBG funds. Additional funding for a successor program or programs in future years may come from federal, state or local sources.










Office of Care Coordination




Attachment A - Program Description and Guidelines
Attachment B - Memo September 25, 2019
Attachment C - Memo January 13, 2020