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 people experiencing homelessness who are likely eligible for disability benefits by providing advocacy for disability benefits as well as housing supports. HDAP has four core requirements: outreach, case management, disability advocacy, and housing assistance.
The 2017-18 California State Budget Act included an appropriation of $45 million in General Funds (one-time), available over three years beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. In FY 2019-20 HDAP was established as an ongoing program with an annual appropriation of $25 million in state general fund. The program requires a dollar-for-dollar grantee match, bringing the total program budget to $50 million annually.
HDAP offers housing related financial assistance and wrap-around supportive services, including, but not limited to: interim housing, rental assistance, housing navigation, case management, security deposits, utility payments, moving costs, legal services, and credit repair. HDAP also provides outreach services as well as case management for connections to any additional service needs as applicable.
As of FY 2020-21, 44 grantees are participating in HDAP and each program is tailored to meet the needs of the local community.
For more information about the program, see the Housing and Disability Housing and Disability AdvoacyAdvocacy Program (HDAP) Fact Sheet.
HDAP targets individuals who are experiencing homelessness and who are likely eligible for disability benefits. For HDAP, the CDSS defines chronically homeless and homeless according to the definitions used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and defined in 24 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 91.5. Amongst those who are eligible, funded programs should prioritize individuals or families who are experiencing chronic homelessness or homeless and rely most heavily on government-funded services. For more information, review All County Letter (ACL) No. 19-104.
How to Apply
The Housing and Disability Advocacy Program is administered locally. Contact the CDSS Housing and Homelessness Branch to learn more about how to connect with your local program.