Tribal Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (Tribal HHAP) Grants Program
Cal ICH is providing up to $20 million in flexible funding to California Federally Recognized Tribes to prevent and address homelessness in their communities in 2023. This is the second year of the Tribal HHAP Program, with $20 million allocated to sixteen tribes in 2022, funding a variety of unique, culturally responsive interventions.
Possible uses are broad, and allow for culturally responsive, meaningful solutions that meet the needs of California’s diverse federally recognized tribes.
Examples of programs proposed with 2022 Tribal HHAP funds include, but are not limited to:
the renovation of buildings into centers that serve the homeless/at risk of homeless; wellness and resource centers that include housing navigation and case management; rapid rehousing services that cover past due rent, current rent, and security deposits for the eligible population; cultural mentoring programs that work with youth who are at risk of homelessness; funding to support Homekey Projects that build places for homeless tribal community members to call home; street outreach programs; coalition building to improve regional responses to homelessness; support for domestic violence victims and individuals recently released from institutions that require financial and social service supports; and the expansion of partnerships with coordinated systems of care that include additional shelter bed spaces for Native Americans.
Outreach and Engagement
In order to ensure Tribal HHAP funds are accessible to those who need it most, Cal ICH partners with tribes and tribal partners to better understand the needs of tribal communities.
Tribal Partners inform the development and improvement of Tribal HHAP through tribal consultations and listening sessions.
Cal ICH’s Tribal Liaison will be conducting outreach to California Federally Recognized Tribes and tribal partners to discuss upcoming funding and partnership opportunities. This will include Listening Sessions in the spring and early summer of 2023 that will help inform the improvement of the Tribal HHAP Program and educate Cal ICH regarding tribal communities’ needs.
In February, Cal ICH will be engaging federally recognized tribes to build relationship, announce the availability of funding, and share opportunities for partnership.
In March, Cal ICH will be seeking feedback from our tribal partners in the development of application processes that meet the needs of tribal communities.
In April 2023, Cal ICH will release the grant application, with consideration of the needs of California’s Federally Recognized Tribes
In April - June 2023, Cal ICH will be further engaging tribes and providing technical assistance.
By June 30, 2023. applications must be submitted to Cal ICH, per Section 50218.6(3)(B) of the Health & Safety Code.
Cal ICH will respond to applications received within 30 days of receipt.
It is estimated that 2023 Tribal HHAP Grant Awards will be dispersed by the end of 2023.
Cal ICH will continue to partner with federally recognized tribes to improve the application process and engage and support tribes to end homelessness within their communities in any way possible.
2023 Tribal program funding will need to be spent by June 2027.
2022 Tribal HHAP Funding/Resources
- Introduction to Cal ICH’s Tribal Grant Program
- Application Announcement & Tribal Grant Application
- Notice of Funding Availability
- Tribal HHAP Funding Questions & Answers
- Tribal HHAP Notice of Intent to Award
- HHAP Program Statute
- Upcoming – Watch this space for additional information about Tribal HHAP Grantees’ projects addressing homelessness in their communities
2023 Tribal HHAP Funding/Resources
Tools to Help Address & Prevent Homelessness in Tribal Communities
- List of CA State Homelessness / Housing Funding Opportunities
- Emergency Rental Assistance Among Indigenous Tribes: National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2022
- California Tribal Housing Needs & Opportunities: A Vision Forward, August 2019
- Counting Homelessness on Tribal Lands: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Tool Kit
- Domestic Violence & Homelessness Toolkit: National Network to End Domestic Violence
- Promising Strategies to End Youth Homelessness: Administration for Children & Families
Examples of Tribal Programs that Prevent & End Homelessness
- Workforce Development: Chickasaw Nation
- Patina Wellness Center
- Rapid Rehousing: Samish Nation
- Homelessness Prevention: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
- Transitional & Permanent Housing: Chief Seattle Club
- Housing Support for Domestic Violence Victims: Absentee Shawnee Nation
- Transitional Housing Recovery Program: Lummi Tribal Housing Authority
State of California Grants Portal
For information on other grants available for tribal governments in California, click on the link below and check “tribal governments” under the Applicant Type.
Federally Recognized Tribes are sovereign nations, with the inherent authority to govern themselves and engage in government-to-government relationships with federal and state governments.
Through Governor Brown’s, Executive Order B-10-11, and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-15-19, the State of California has acknowledged the state’s obligation to ensure its policies and programs consider the needs of tribal communities.
Cal ICH values the input and wisdom received from tribal governments for the development of legislation, regulations, rules and policies on matters that may affect tribal communities. Cal ICH’s tribal consultation guidelines can be found within the Business Consumer Services and Housing Agencies’ Tribal Consultation Policy.
Partnerships with Tribes and Local Jurisdictions
Cal ICH encourages local jurisdictions to seek the input from, and partner with Tribes and urban Native American communities located within their areas. For agencies interested in learning more about California’s history with Native Americans, homelessness in Native American communities, and tools on engaging tribal communities, Cal ICH partnered our technical assistance partners, Cal Real/Technical Assistance Collaborative, to provide a two-part workshop.
Tribal Engagement, Part 1 provides historical context for government and tribal relations, discusses Native American data and homelessness in Native American communities.
Tribal Engagement, Part 2 touches upon differences in cultural orientations, communication, how to contact tribal governments and urban Native American communities and provides hands-on tools for respectful engagement.
- California Department of Housing & Community Development’s Tribal Affairs Department
- California Department of Social Services Office of Tribal Affairs
- California Department of Social Services Housing & Homelessness Branch
- United States Housing & Urban Development Office of Native American Programs
- California Governor’s Office of the Tribal Advisor
Vevila Blossoming Bear, Tribal Liaison
You may also contact the Cal ICH Grants Division at Calichgrants@bcsh.ca.gov