Housing and Disability Advocacy Program
The Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) was established by Assembly Bill 1603
(Chapter 25, Statutes of 2016) and updated by Senate Bill (SB) 80 (Chapter 27, Statutes 2019) 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.
The 2019-20 Budget Act appropriated an additional $25 million for the HDAP to continue on an on-going basis, with a
$25 million annual appropriation, which will be competitively allocated to counties and/or tribes in the Spring of
Thirty-nine counties are participating in HDAP and each county program is tailored to its community. Grantees
are required to utilize a Housing First approach, which includes housing individuals without preconditions and
helping clients secure permanent housing as soon as possible.
Individuals who are disabled or likely disabled and who are experiencing homelessness, giving highest priority to
chronically homeless individuals or individuals who are homeless and rely most heavily on government 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.