What are the options for counties that want to lease to own?

Subtopic: Budget/Allowable Use

The goal of the BHBH Program is to support the immediate needs of individuals who are experiencing homelessness and have one or more serious behavioral health conditions. The RFA does allow for either leased or owned property, with the goal of providing bridge housing on a faster timeline. Each county will have different infrastructure availability and may choose different strategies for the BHBH program.

It is important to note that all leasing costs must be reasonable and appropriate for the area in which a project is located, and all BHBH funds must be expended by June 30, 2027. These requirements may impact the ability of a county BHA to operate a lease-to-own strategy. Additionally, any purchase of property would be subject to the Start-Up infrastructure funding category requirements, while other leasing environments would be within the Bridge Housing operations category.

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