HHAP Round 1 is a $650 million block grant program designed to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address immediate homelessness challenges throughout the state. Spending must be informed by a best-practices framework focused on moving homeless individuals and families into permanent housing and ensuring those individuals and families maintain their permanent housing. HHAP Round 1 is authorized by AB 101 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 159, Statutes of 2019), which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 31, 2019.

HHAP Round 2 is a $300 million grant that provides support to local jurisdictions to continue to build on regional collaboration developed through previous rounds of HCFC funding and to develop a unified regional response to homelessness. HHAP Round 2 is authorized by AB 83 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 15, and Statutes of 2020) which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on June 29, 2020.

Eligible Uses

The HHAP program requires grantees to expend funds on evidence-based solutions that address and prevent homelessness among eligible populations.
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:
    a) The number of available shelter beds in the jurisdiction;
    b) The shelter vacancy rate in the summer and winter months
    c) The percentage of exits from emergency shelters to permanent housing solutions; and
    d) A plan to connect residents to permanent housing.

For more information on the Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention Program, please visit the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council’s webpage

HHAP Round 1 Funded Projects

On June 18, 2020, the Leadership Council approved approximately $3.5 million dollars of HHAP support to fund 8 homeless projects throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties. The approved projects are listed below:

San Benito County

San Benito County Rental Assistance $283,478.00
San Benito Youth Alliance Combination of rapid rehousing, outreach/engagement, and counseling $26,680.31

Monterey County

Community Human Services Youth Street Outreach Program for the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley $228,145.79
Community Human Services in partnership with the Gathering for Women Operations for new emergency shelter, Casa de Noche Buena, located at 1292 Olympia Ave., Seaside. $600,000.00
Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL) Housing Navigation $333,301.00
City of Salinas Operations for a new homeless emergency shelter, the Chinatown Navigation Center Sprung Shelter, in Salinas. $722,305.07
Franciscan Workers of Juniper Serra (dba Dorothy’s Place) Multi-Disciplinary Street Outreach Team that includes case management, health, and wellness checks. $368,443.18
Interim, Inc. Capital for a new permanent supportive housing (PSH) program and operating reserves for operations of the PSH units when completed. $400,000.00


HHAP Round 2 Funded Projects

Projects have not been selected by the Leadership Council for HHAP Round 2 allocations. Please check back later for more updates regarding Round 2 funding.