CDSS Housing and Homelessness Programs
Housing and Homelessness Programs
The Housing and Homelessness Branch is within the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The Branch is responsible for program development and oversight of statewide housing programs funded by the CDSS. The Branch also serves as a statewide technical assistance provider to all California’s social services agencies. The Branch aims to streamline services on both the local and statewide level, to promote equal access to safe and affordable housing for all Californians.
To learn more about accessing
housing and homeless services in your community, please contact the
local Homeless Continuum of Care
or County Welfare Department.
The purpose of Project Roomkey is to provide non-congregate sheltering for people experiencing homelessness, to
protect human life, and minimize strain on health care system capacity.
The CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP) is intended to foster housing stability for families experiencing
homelessness. HSP assists homeless CalWORKs families in obtaining permanent housing, and can provide temporary
shelter, help with moving costs, short to medium term rental subsidies and wraparound case management.
The CalWORKs Homeless Assistance (HA) Program aims to help CalWORKs families meet the reasonable costs of securing
housing. The CalWORKs HA program serves eligible CalWORKs recipients, or apparently eligible CalWORKs applicants,
who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. CalWORKs HA can provide payments for temporary shelter for up to 16
cumulative calendar days, as well as payments to secure or maintain housing, including a security deposit and last
month’s rent, or up to two months of rent arrearages.
The Bringing Families Home (BFH) program is intended to help reduce the number of families in the child welfare
system experiencing homelessness, increase family reunification, and prevent foster care placements. BFH serves
homeless families involved with the child welfare system and is designed to offer housing supports in order for
families to successfully reunify.
The Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) assists homeless, disabled individuals apply for disability
benefit programs, while also providing housing supports. The HDAP requires that participating counties offer
outreach, case management, benefits advocacy, and housing supports to all program participants.
The Home Safe Program is intended to support the safety and housing stability of individuals involved in Adult
Protective Services (APS) who are experiencing, or at imminent risk of experiencing, homelessness due to elder or
dependent adult abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation by providing housing-related assistance
using evidence-based practices for homeless assistance and prevention.
The CCE was established by Assembly Bill (AB) 172 (Chapter 20, Statutes of 2021) and $805 million in funding was appropriated in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 state budget for the program, available over three years. CCE will fund the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of adult and senior care facilities that serve applicants and recipients of Social Security Income (SSI) including individuals who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness and those who have behavioral health conditions.