CDSS Housing and Homelessness Programs
The Housing and Homelessness Bureau (Bureau) is within the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The Bureau is responsible for program development and oversight of statewide housing programs funded by the CDSS. In addition to program and policy development, the Bureau also serves as a statewide technical assistance provider to all of California’s social services agencies. The Bureau aims to streamline services on both the local and statewide level, to ensure all Californians have equal access to safe and affordable housing.
CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP)
The CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP) is intended to foster housing stability for families experiencing homelessness. HSP assists homeless CalWORKs families in obtaining permanent housing, and can provide temporary shelter, help with moving costs, short to medium term rental subsidies and wraparound case management.
CalWORKs Homeless Assistance (HA)
The CalWORKs Homeless Assistance (HA) Program aims to help CalWORKs families meet the reasonable costs of securing housing. The CalWORKs HA program serves eligible CalWORKs recipients, or apparently eligible CalWORKs applicants, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. CalWORKs HA can provide payments for temporary shelter for up to 16 consecutive calendar days, as well as payments to secure or maintain housing, including a security deposit and last month’s rent, or up to two months of rent arrearages.
Bringing Families Home Program (BFH)
The Bringing Families Home (BFH) program is intended to help reduce the number of families in the child welfare system experiencing homelessness, increase family reunification, and prevent foster care placements. BFH serves homeless families involved with the child welfare system and is designed to offer housing supports in order for families to successfully reunify.
Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP)
The Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) assists homeless, disabled individuals apply for disability benefit programs, while also providing housing supports. The HDAP requires that participating counties offer outreach, case management, benefits advocacy, and housing supports to all program participants.