CSAC Bulletin Article

State Releases New Homelessness Spending Data

May 30, 2024

This month, the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH) released a snapshot analysis of grantee data from Rounds 1-4 of the Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP) Program. The snapshot provides a high-level overview of fiscal data and data by persons served. HHAP recipients, which include counties, big cities, and continuums of care (CoCs) are required to track and submit reports on fund uses and outcomes, including how much funding from each round has been contractually obligated and how much has been spent, the amount of funding provided for various eligible use categories, the number of individuals served by each eligible use, and the California System Performance Measures that reflect the outcomes of people accessing HHAP-funded services and housing.

The new data proves that, without the flexible funding provided to local jurisdictions to address homelessness, the number of unsheltered Californians experiencing homelessness would be far higher than it is today. Some key highlights from the data include:

  • The HHAP program helped find permanent housing for more than 72,000 people in 2022-23.
  • The number of people receiving services, exiting to permanent housing, and being successfully placed from street outreach has increased year over year.
  • Unfortunately, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness for the first time has continued to grow each year and outpace the number of people securing housing.
  • HHAP funding is being used for a variety of homelessness and housing efforts with interim sheltering, operating subsidies, permanent housing and innovative solutions, and rapid rehousing as the top four categories for spending in Rounds 3 and 4.

Although the Governor’s May Revision proposes numerous cuts to homelessness and housing programs, as well as no additional funding for future rounds of HHAP, the Legislative Budget Plan released this week rejects many of the proposed cuts and includes an additional $1 billion for a sixth round of HHAP. The Legislative Budget Plan also proposes to adopt Trailer Bill Language for the HHAP program that further strengthens accountability mechanisms, directs some funding to prevention, clarifies eligible uses of HHAP funds, and makes technical and conforming changes to Rounds 3-5 of HHAP. CSAC will continue to advocate for the preservation of existing funding for homelessness programs, as well as advocate for the Legislature’s proposed inclusion of $1 billion for a sixth round of HHAP. CSAC staff will work to keep counties updated as additional information about the proposed HHAP trailer bill language is released.

The full report, along with links to data tables and an overview of each HHAP Round, can be found under the “What’s New” section on Cal ICH’s website.

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