CSAC Bulletin Article

Bringing Families Home Application Criteria

September 19, 2019

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) released the Bringing Families Home (BFH) Program application criteria on September 5, 2019. BFH was established through Assembly Bill 1603 (Chapter 25, Statutes 2016), designed to provide housing related assistance to child-welfare involved families, but funding was set to expire June 30, 2019.

In anticipation of this end of funding, CSAC co-sponsored a request for $25 million State General Fund investment, with the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA), Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and Housing California. As a result, Senate Bill 80 (Chapter 27, Statutes 2019) will provide an opportunity for existing BFH programs to continue and new BFH programs to begin.

The eligible child-welfare involved families are those experiencing homelessness or at immediate risk of becoming homeless. Counties who apply for this funding are required to match the state BFH Program funding dollar-for-dollar over the award period. Counties are encouraged to collaborate with tribal partners and will receive prioritization if applications are submitted jointly.

Action Required

Counties must submit an application package to housing@dss.ca.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Applications will be reviewed in a competitive process. The full application details can be found here.

Applicants must coordinate with their local homeless response systems such as, the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Coordinated Entry (CE) System. The allocations are expected to be announced in the winter of 2019.

Please note: CDSS Housing and Homelessness Bureau will host an informational call for counties and tribes interested in the BFH program. Please email housing@dss.ca.gov or call (916) 651-5155 for the call details or any additional questions.

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