Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Announcement

On December 6, 2019, the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council issued its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) one-time block grant. The HHAP program requires grantees to expend funds on evidence-based solutions that address and prevent homelessness among eligible populations. As stated in HSC § 50219(c)(1-8), funds shall be expended on any of the following:

  1. Rental assistance and rapid rehousing;
  2. Operating subsidies in new and existing affordable or supportive housing units, emergency shelters, and navigation centers. Operating subsidies may include
    operating reserves;
  3. Landlord Incentives (including, but not limited to, security deposits and holding fees);
  4. Outreach and coordination (which may include access to job programs) to assist vulnerable populations in accessing permanent housing and to promote housing stability in supportive housing;
  5. Systems support for activities necessary to create regional partnerships and maintain a homeless services and housing delivery system particularly for vulnerable populations including families and homeless youth;
  6. Delivery of permanent housing and innovative housing solutions (such as hotel and motel conversions);
  7. Prevention and shelter diversion to permanent housing; and
  8. New navigation centers and emergency shelters based on demonstrated need. Demonstrated need for new navigation centers and emergency shelters shall be
    based on the following:
    • The number of available shelter beds in the jurisdiction;
    • The shelter vacancy rate in the summer and winter months;
    • The percentage of exits from emergency shelters to permanent housing solutions; and
    • A plan to connect residents to permanent housing.

More information re: HHAP will be distributed as it becomes available.