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) 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 Budget Act included a state allocation of $25 million General Fund (one-time) for BFH. The program requires a dollar-for-dollar grantee match, bringing the total program budget to $50 million, available for a three-year period from July 2019 through June 2022.

Twelve counties were funded in the first grant cycle (July 2016 – June 2019) and funding for the July 2019 – June 2022 cycle will be competitively allocated in Winter of 2019.

Grantees operating BFH programs are required to utilize evidence-based housing interventions, including a Housing First approach in rapid re-housing and supportive housing to support homeless families in the child welfare system. Grantees must work in collaboration and coordination with the greater homelessness response system and participate in their local homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) and Coordinated Entry (CE) System. Additionally, programs are encouraged to partner with their local child welfare agencies, social services, and juvenile dependency courts.

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.