Bringing Families Home Program

Black and white photo of sistersThe Bringing Families Home (BFH) Program was established by Assembly Bill 1603 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2016) to reduce the number of families in the child welfare system experiencing or at risk of homelessness, to increase family reunification, and to prevent foster care placement.

The 2016-17 Budget Act included a state allocation of $10 million General Fund (one-time) for BFH. The program requires a dollar-for-dollar county match, bringing the total program budget to $20 million. The funds are available for a three-year period from July 2016 through June 2019. 

Twelve counties are participating in BFH and each county program is tailored to their community. The child welfare agencies operating BFH programs are required to utilize evidence-based housing models and practices such as rapid re-housing and supportive housing to support homeless families in the child welfare system.

Eligibility/For Whom

BFH targets families involved with the child welfare system who are experiencing homelessness. For BFH, homelessness is defined in the Welfare and Institutions Code 16523. This population includes, in order of program priority:

    • Literally homeless child welfare-involved families with a Family Reunification (FR) case;
    • Literally homeless child welfare-involved families with a Family Maintenance (FM) case OR housing unstable child welfare-involved families with an FR case;
    • Housing unstable child-welfare involved families with an FM case.

How to Apply

The Bringing Families Home program is administered at the county level. Contact your local county welfare office to apply/learn more.

Contact Us

CDSS Housing and Homelessness Bureau

744 P Street, MS 8-16-70
Sacramento, CA 95814
housing@dss.ca.gov
(916) 651-5155

Resources and Information
County Points of Contact
All County Welfare Directors Letter January 10, 2017
All County Letter: Assembly Bill (AB) 236
Welfare and Institutions Code 16523-16523.1
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Highlights
Bringing Families Home Fact Sheet

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