Housing and Disability Advocacy Program

black and white photo of a woman smilingThe Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) was established by Assembly Bill 1603 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2016) to assist disabled individuals who are experiencing homelessness apply for disability benefit programs while also providing housing assistance. HDAP has four core requirements: outreach, case management, disability advocacy, and housing assistance. All four components must be offered to recipients.

The 2017-18 California State Budget Act appropriated $45 million in state funds on a one-time basis for the program. The program requires a dollar-for-dollar county match bringing the total program budget to $90 million over a three-year period, from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

Thirty nine counties are participating in HDAP and each county program is tailored to its community. County programs are required to utilize a Housing First approach, which includes housing individuals without preconditions and helping clients secure permanent housing as soon as possible.

Eligibility/For Whom

Individuals who are disabled or likely disabled and who are experiencing homelessness, giving highest priority to chronically homeless and those who rely most heavily on state and county funded services. For HDAP, the CDSS defines chronically homeless and homeless according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition in 24 CFR section 91.5.

How to Apply

The Housing and Disability Advocacy Program is administered at the county level. Contact your local county welfare office to apply/learn more.