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Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program (HHAP)


2020 HHAP Funding Information:

HHAP-Round 1

The HHAP program is administered by the California Department of Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) with Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (HCFC) and serves to provide one-time flexible block grant funds to continuums of care, large cities (population of 300,000+) and counties to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address immediate homelessness challenges. 

An application for HHAP was submitted on February 15th2020 and on April 14th2020 the Continuum of Care (CoC) was awarded a HHAP grant in the amount of $3,311,372.74. 

Eligible Uses ​

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 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 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:
    1. The number of available shelter beds in the jurisdiction;
    2. The shelter vacancy rate in the summer and winter months;
    3. The percentage of exits for emergency shelters to permanent housing solutions; and
    4. A plan to connect residents to permanent housing.


Additionally, HSC § 50218(b) mandates that grantees use at least 8 percent of their funds for services specific to the needs of homeless youth.  Applicants are also allowed to use their funds for the following: ​

  1. Up to 5 percent of an applicant’s program allocation may be expended on a strategic homelessness plan and/or infrastructure development to support Coordinated Entry Systems (CES) Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).
  2. Up to 7 percent of a program allocation may be used for a jurisdiction’s administrative costs incurred to administer the funds.  This does not include staff costs or other costs directly related to implementing or carrying out activities funded by the program allocation.

In addition, grantees shall not use HHAP grant program funding to supplant existing local funds for homeless housing, assistance prevention. 

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