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CalWORKs Housing Support Program-

The CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP) was established by SB 855 (Chapter 29, Statutes of 2014) to assist homeless CalWORKs families in quickly obtaining permanent housing and to provide wrap-around supports to families.

HSP offers financial assistance and several wrap-around supportive services, including, but not limited to: rental assistance, security deposits, utility payments, moving costs, hotel and motel vouchers, landlord recruitment, case management, housing outreach and placement, legal services, and credit repair.

CalWORKs recipients who are experiencing homelessness. For HSP, CDSS defines homeless as:

      Lacking a fixed or regular nighttime residence; and either

Having a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publically or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations; or

residing in a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; or

In receipt of judgment for eviction, as ordered by the court.

esg -   emergency solutions grant-

Availability dependent on program funding

The HEARTH Act revised the Emergency Shelter Grants Program to create the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program. The Emergency Shelter Grants provided funds under the first allocation of FY 2011 funds and earlier fiscal years. ESG recipients and sub-recipients use Emergency Shelter Grants Program funds to rehabilitate and operate emergency shelters and transitional shelters, provide essential social services, and prevent homelessness.

The Emergency Shelter Grants Program is designed to assist homeless individuals and families, and subpopulations within this group, such as victims of domestic violence, youth, people with mental illness, families with children and veterans. Emergency Shelter Grants Program funds can also be used to aid people who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

The federal Emergency Solutions Grant program (ESG) provides funds for a variety of activities to address homelessness as authorized under the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 and State program requirements.  The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers the ESG program with funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The ESG program provides grant funding to (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, (2) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, (3) help operate and provide essential services in emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families, and (4) prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.

To apply for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, you will need call the CalWORKs unit of the Colusa County Department of Health and Human Services at 530-458-0260.

 

HDAP-  Homeless Disabled Advocacy Program   

Availability dependent on program funding

The Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) was established by Assembly Bill 1603 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2016) 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.

Colusa County is participating in HDAP and the county program is tailored to its community. County programs are required to utilize a Housing First approach, which includes housing individuals without preconditions and helping clients secure permanent housing as soon as possible.

Disabled Individuals must be applying for Social Security or have applied for Social Security and waiting on a decision from Social Security. 

CalWORKs Homeless Assistance

The CalWORKs Homeless Assistance (HA) Program was established 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 consecutive 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.

As of January 1, 2017, this benefit is available to an eligible client once every 12 months (formerly a once-in-a-lifetime benefit), with exceptions.

Types of Homeless Assistance

 Effective January 1, 2019  

  • Temporary HA, which helps families pay the costs of temporary shelter.
    • 16 calendar days of motel vouchers ($85 per day + $15 for each additional family member, up to $145 daily)
  • Permanent HA, which helps families secure housing or prevent eviction.
    • Security deposit and 1st month rent or 2 months arrearages to prevent eviction.

CalWORKs Victims of Domestic Abuse/Expanded Temporary Homeless Assistance is available to individuals who have past or present domestic abuse and are fleeing his or her abuser.  Expanded Temporary Homeless Assistance provides CalWORKs applicants with Temporary Assistance for up to 32 days.

CalWORKs recipients, or apparently eligible CalWORKs applicants who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. For HA, CDSS defines homeless as:

  • Lacking a fixed or regular nighttime residence; and either
    • residing in a shelter; or  
    • residing in a place not designed as a regular sleeping accommodation; or
    • In receipt of a court ordered eviction