In late June, the California State Legislature and the Governor’s office reached an agreement to allocate $650 million in one-time funding to support local governments in their efforts to address homelessness, marking one of the largest investments in state funding to date for homelessness. Under the new Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program (HHAPP), California’s 13 most populous cities are set to receive the largest share of funding at $275 million, with counties and CoCs eligible to receive $175 million and $190 million, respectively.
The new program underscores the urgent need for new investments in permanent linkages to housing. Eligible uses for HHAPP funds include, but are not limited to, rental assistance, Rapid Re-housing, operating subsidies for affordable and supportive housing, systems support, as well as short-term interventions including shelter operations and diversion. Jurisdictions must expend a minimum of eight percent of program funds to address youth homelessness.
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