CDSS Housing and Homelessness Programs
The Housing and Homelessness Branch is within the Family Engagement and
Empowerment Division of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The Branch is responsible for program
development and oversight of statewide housing programs funded by the CDSS. In addition to program and policy
development, the Branch also serves as a statewide technical assistance provider to all of California’s social
services agencies. The Branch aims to streamline services on both the local and statewide level, to ensure all
Californians have equal access to safe and affordable housing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Home Safe Program is intended to support the safety and housing stability of individuals involved in Adult
Protective Services (APS) who are experiencing, or at imminent risk of experiencing, homelessness due to elder or
dependent adult abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation by providing housing-related assistance
using evidence-based practices for homeless assistance and prevention.