Council Administered Grants

Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Program

HHAP Round 1 is a $650 million grant that provides local jurisdictions with funds to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address their immediate homelessness challenges.

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 Cal ICH funding and to develop a unified regional response to homelessness.

HHAP Round 3 is a $1 billion grant that provides local jurisdictions, including federally recognized tribal governments, with flexible funding to continue efforts to end and prevent homelessness in their communities.

Eligible Applicants:

  • The 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs)
  • The 13 large cities, or cities that are also counties, with populations of 300,000 or more, as of January 1, 2019, according to data published on the Department of Finance’s internet website
  • 58 counties
  • Tribes, meaning a federally recognized tribal government (for HHAP Rounds 3 and 4)

Tribal HHAP Grants Program

$40 million of flexible funding available for federally recognized tribes in California for culturally responsive, innovative and proven strategies that best meet the needs of tribal communities in their goals to prevent and end homelessness, with up to $20 million to be dispersed in 2022 and the remaining $20 million to be dispersed in 2023.

Encampment Resolution Funding (ERF) Program

$50 million competitive grant program available to assist local jurisdictions in ensuring the wellness and safety of people experiencing homelessness in encampments by providing services and supports that address their immediate physical and mental wellness and result in meaningful paths to safe and stable housing. Eligible applicants include counties, Continuums of Care (CoCs), and cities of any size.

Family Homelessness Challenge (FHC) Grants

$40 million to provide competitive grants and technical assistance to local jurisdictions to promote rapid innovation, accelerate nascent programs, and expand promising practices to create scalable solutions that can be shared across the state to address and ultimately end family homelessness. Eligible applicants include counties, Continuums of Care (CoCs), and cities of any size.

Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)

The California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH) is responsible for administering the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), a one-time $500 million block grant program created in 2018. HEAP was established to provide direct assistance to California’s homeless Continuums of Care (CoCs) and large cities to address the homelessness crisis throughout the state.


On March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 89, which was approved unanimously by the state Legislature. SB 89 authorized a total appropriation of up to $1 billion to provide assistance to help fight the spread of COVID-19. On March 18, 2020, Governor Newsom’s Administration allocated $100 million in emergency funding from SB 89 to local governments to help protect this vulnerable population and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by safely getting individuals into shelter and providing immediate housing options.