Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)

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About the Homeless Emergency Aid Program

The Homeless Emergency Aid Program was established by statute to provide localities with flexible block grant funds to address their immediate homelessness challenges.

The Homeless Emergency Aid Block Grants will provide $500 million in one-time funding to enable local governments to respond to homelessness. Allocations are as follows:

  • $250 million to Continuums of Care based on 2017 homeless point in time count;
  • $150 million direct allocation to a city or city that is also a county with a population of 330,000 or more as of January 1, 2018; and
  • $100 million to Continuums of Care based on their percentage of the statewide 2017 homeless population.

Requirements:

  • City, county, or joint power must declared an emergency shelter crisis (waiver process for smaller cities and counties that do not declare a shelter emergency).
  • Continuum of Care must demonstrate collaboration with other city, county, or nonprofit partners.

Eligible Activities:

  • Emergency housing vouchers
  • Rapid rehousing
  • Emergency shelter construction, and
  • Use of armories to provide temporary shelters, among other activities

For more information, contact: hcfc@bcsh.ca.gov.