Home Safe Program

black and white photo of man resting his head in his hand The Home Safe Program was established in 2018 to prevent or address homelessness to support the safety and housing stability of individuals involved in Adult Protective Services (APS), individuals in the APS intake process, or who may be served by a Tribal social services agency and appear eligible for APS, and who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Home Safe offers a range of strategies to address and prevent homelessness and support ongoing housing stability for APS clients, including housing-related intensive case management, housing-related financial assistance, deep cleaning to maintain safe housing, eviction prevention, landlord mediation, and more.

Fifty-eight (58) grantees are participating in a Home Safe program, and each program is tailored to meet the needs of the local community. For more information about county funding, refer to CFL 21/22-67 (January 20, 2022).

Eligibility

Current APS clients, individuals who are in the process of intake to APS, or individuals who may be served through a Tribal social services agency and appear eligible for APS who are experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness as a result of elder or dependent abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation, as determined by the APS agency are eligible for Home Safe. Note that Home Safe services are not contingent upon the outcome of the APS investigation.

Current and prospective grantees must review the ACWDL dated October 15, 2021 for a complete overview of Home Safe program eligibility, definitions, services, rules, and requirements.  For Home Safe, “homelessness or at risk of homelessness” is defined in WIC Section 15770.

Program Funding

Assembly Bill 1811 established Home Safe in 2018 with a $15 million, one-time appropriation.  These funds were available over a three-year period, beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2021.  The program required a dollar-for-dollar grantee match.

The Budget Act of 2021 (SB 129) appropriated $92.5 million, match-exempt General Fund (GF) for Home Safe in FY 2021-22, available for expenditure from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.

Budget Act of 2022 (AB 178) appropriated an additional one-time $92.5 million, match-exempt GF for Home Safe, available for expenditure from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

How to Apply

The Home Safe Program is administered locally. You may look up your county point of contact at Home Safe Public Inquiry County Contacts (ca.gov) or contact the CDSS Housing and Homelessness Division to learn 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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