HEAP is a $500 million block grant program designed to provide direct assistance to cities, counties, and Continuums of Care (CoCs) to address the homelessness crisis throughout California. HEAP is authorized by SB 850, which was signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on June 27, 2018. HEAP funds are distributed and monitored by the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.

Eligible Uses

HEAP funds are intended to provide funding to Continuums of Care (CoCs) and large cities so they may provide immediate emergency assistance to people experiencing homelessness or those at imminent risk of homelessness. The parameters of the program are intentionally broad, and the examples provided are not exhaustive. CoCs and the 11 large cities are encouraged to be creative and craft programs that meet specific needs that have been identified in their communities.

Eligible uses include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Services: Street outreach, health, and safety education, criminal justice diversion programs, prevention services, navigation services, and operating support for short-term or comprehensive homeless services.
  2. Rental assistance or subsidies: Housing vouchers, rapid re-housing programs, and eviction prevention strategies.
  3. Capital improvements: Emergency shelter, transitional housing, drop-in centers, permanent supportive housing, small/tiny houses, and improvements to current structures that serve homeless individuals and families.

For more information on the Homeless Emergency Aid Program, please visit the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council website

HEAP Funded Projects

On May 29, 2019, the Leadership Council approved almost $12 million dollars of HEAP support to fund 12 homeless projects throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties. The approved projects are listed below:

San Benito County

San Benito County Housing Navigation and Rapid Rehousing Assistance $75,000.00
San Benito Youth Alliance Combination of emergency shelter vouchers, outreach/engagement, and counseling $280,663
San Benito County Street Outreach Program throughout San Benito County $415,435
San Benito County Increase inventory through 5 new transitional tiny homes $1,100,000

Monterey County

Community Human Services Youth Street Outreach Program, substance abuse counseling, family reunification/emergency shelter/transitional housing. $ 857,331
Community Human Services in partnership with the Gathering for Women Capital improvements for new emergency shelter for women and families located in Seaside. $1,587,658
Community Homeless Solutions Capital improvements for 14 family transitional housing units to be converted to permanent supportive housing $260,728
Salinas/Monterey County To build (construction) a new homeless emergency shelter for single women and men and families. Will have space to store minimal belongings and accommodations for pets. $6,018,100
CCCIL Combination of rental assistance (six months maximum), move-in costs, application fees, utility arrears payments, landlord mitigation. $579,250
Housing Resource Center Combination of rental assistance (6 months max), move-in costs, case management, and landlord mitigation. $310,000
Salinas/Monterey County Operating and supportive services for the current Salinas Warming Shelter. $395,822