CSAC Bulletin Article

NOW AVAILABLE: Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program Round 5 NOFA

October 5, 2023

Earlier this week, the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH) released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Round 5 of the Homelessness Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Program. As appropriated by the Legislature through a budget trailer bill this year, AB 129, HHAP Round 5 includes a total of $1 billion for the purposes of deploying homelessness programs and resources, and sustaining existing federal, state, and local investments for housing and supportive services. Of the $1 billion appropriated, $760 million is available to counties, large cities, and Continuums of Care (CoCs) as base allocations. In addition, $9.5 million is available for regional planning development and $100 million from previous HHAP allocations are included in the NOFA. In total, the NOFA makes $869.5 million available to counties, large cities, and CoCs.

Under HHAP Round 5, applicants must apply as part of a region and be signatories to Regionally Coordinated Homelessness Action Plans. Regions are defined by the geographic area served by a county, including all cities and CoCs within it. Counties that are served by the same CoC may choose to apply together or as separate county regions. Many of the requirements of HHAP Round 5 are in alignment with CSAC’s advocacy around the AT HOME plan, including increased collaboration and defined roles and responsibilities.

Cal ICH will host a webinar to walk through the NOFA on Wednesday, October 18 at 10:00 am. Eligible applicants are encouraged to register in advance here. Cal ICH will continue to publish additional resources and documents related to the HHAP 5 application requirements on the HHAP website.

CSAC recently met with Cal ICH to discuss the results from a CSAC survey of counties on HHAP Round 5 implementation regarding resource and guidance needs. As Cal ICH moves forward with developing the additional resources and documents, CSAC will continue to build a partnership on implementation and highlight how to support counties to ensure the HHAP program remains a success. CSAC staff will also continue to keep counties updated on HHAP resources and updates as available.

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