Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) Application – Large City Allocation
HEAP is a $500 million block grant program designed to provide direct assistance to cities and counties to address the homelessness crisis throughout California. The HEAP grant is authorized by Senate Bill (SB) 850, which was signed into law by Governor Brown in June 2018. As specified in Senate Bill 850, Sec. 50213 (c), program funding has been allocated to each city (or city/county) that meets both of the following requirements:
- Has a population of 330,000 or more as of January 1, 2018, according to data published on the California Department of Finance’s internet web site.
- Has, at the time of the award, declared a shelter crisis pursuant to Chapter 7.8 (commencing with Section 8698) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
NOTE: This application must be completed in one session. There is no “Save” feature to allow partial completion with final completion at a later time.
Please respond to each of the questions below to ensure a complete application. Questions regarding the application should be directed to the HEAP team at HCFC@BCSH.ca.gov.
Proposed Activity(s) Definitions
- Services, including but not limited to street outreach, health and safety education, criminal justice diversion programs, homelessness prevention activities, and other service activities.
- Rental assistance or subsidies, including but not limited to housing vouchers, rapid re-housing programs, flexible housing subsidy funds, and eviction prevention strategies.
- Capital improvements, including but not limited to emergency shelter, navigation centers, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, small/tiny houses, and improvements to current structures that serve homeless individuals and families. Some communities are discussing solutions to address homelessness and the public health crisis by using funds for handwashing stations or public toilet and shower facilities.
- Homeless Youth Set-Aside - that at minimum, five percent of HEAP funds must be used to establish or expand services meeting the needs of homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness. HCFC strongly encourages collaboration with youth advocates, such as schools and educators, youth program providers, after school programs, and community centers to determine the best use of funds for this target population. Example include, but are not limited to homelessness prevention and intervention services, education surrounding tenant-landlord laws/independent living skills/etc., criminal justice diversion services.
- Administrative costs - HEAP allows no more than five percent of funds to be utilized for administrative costs related to the execution of eligible activities. Administrative costs do not include staff costs directly related to carrying out he eligible activities. Program funds shall not be used for overhead or planning activities.