Bringing Families Home Program

Black and white photo of sistersThe Bringing Families Home (BFH) Program was established by Assembly Bill (AB) 1603 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2016) and updated by Senate Bill (SB) 80 (Chapter 27, Statutes 2019) 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 2019-20 California Budget Act included a state appropriation of $25 million General Fund (one-time) for BFH, available for a three-year period from July 2019 through June 2022. The program requires a dollar-for-dollar grantee match, bringing the total program budget to $50 million.

BFH offers financial assistance and housing-related wrap-around supportive services, including, but not limited to: rental assistance, housing navigation, case management, security deposits, utility payments, moving costs, hotel and motel vouchers, legal services, and credit repair.

As of FY 2020-21, 22 grantees are participating in BFH and each program is tailored to meet the needs of the local community. Twelve counties were funded in the first grant cycle (July 2016 – June 2019) and 22 counties and one tribe are participating in the July 2019 – June 2022 cycle.

For more information about the program, see the Bringing Families Home (BFH) Fact Sheet

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. Amongst those who are eligible, funded programs should first prioritize child welfare-involved families who are literally homeless followed by those who will imminently lose their housing. For more information, review All County Welfare Directors Letter (ACWDL) dated September 5, 2019. 

How to Apply

The Bringing Families Home program is administered locally. Contact the CDSS Housing and Homelessness Branch to learn more about how to connect with your local program.

Contact Us

CDSS Housing and Homelessness Branch

744 P Street, MS 8-4-70
Sacramento, CA 95814
housing@dss.ca.gov
(916) 651-5155

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