(a) The department shall from time to time direct the Treasurer to invest moneys set aside or otherwise deposited in the annuity fund established by Section 50748 as an account in the Rental Housing Construction Fund, which are not required for its current needs, in the eligible securities specified in Section 16430 of the Government Code that are designated by the department. The department may direct the Treasurer to deposit moneys in interest-bearing accounts in state or national banks or other financial institutions having
principal offices in this state, or in other investments which are consistent with state policy and achieve returns adequate to fulfill the requirements of this chapter. The department may alternatively require the transfer of moneys in the annuity fund to the Surplus Money Investment Fund for investment pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 16470) of Chapter 3 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
All interest or other increment resulting from the investment or deposit shall be deposited in the annuity fund account, notwithstanding Section 16305.7 of the Government Code. Moneys in the fund are not subject to transfer to any other fund pursuant to Part 2 (commencing with Section 16300) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code, except the Surplus Money Investment Fund.
(b) Upon request of the department, the Controller shall transfer from the annuity fund account
in the Rental Housing Construction Fund, an aggregate amount not exceeding five million dollars ($5,000,000) to the Predevelopment Loan Fund. The department shall determine the respective amount to be deposited in these funds.
Transfers made pursuant to this subdivision shall be treated as advances and shall be repaid, with interest specified in this subdivision, within three years of the effective date of transfer of the moneys, except that the department may defer repayment if (1) the balance of moneys in the annuity fund account is sufficient to meet current or anticipated financial obligations and (2) the financial integrity of any component or fund of the Rental Housing Construction Program is not at risk. Moneys advanced pursuant to this subdivision shall be repaid with interest at the rate of 7 percent.