Administration Intends to Pursue Statutory Changes to the HHAP Program and Seeks to Condition Eligibility for any Future Homeless-related Grants and Competitive Programs
Governor’s Proposed 2023-24 Budget Summary is required each year by January 10 and will be updated by the Governor traditionally by mid-May (May Revision). The legislature must pass a balanced budget bill by June 15 and signed by Governor by June 30.
Budget Summary Chapters include Housing and Homelessness – see https://ebudget.ca.gov/2023-24/pdf/BudgetSummary/HousingandHomelessness.pdf
The following can be found on pages 76 and 77 in Budget Summary Chapter: Housing and Homelessness:
Administration intends to focus HHAP on highest priority needs, especially reducing unsheltered homelessness
Pending further discussion with the Legislature to meaningfully increase outcomes and accountability on local HHAP spending, the Administration intends to focus HHAP on highest priority needs, especially reducing unsheltered homelessness. As such, the Administration intends to pursue statutory changes to the HHAP program to prioritize spending on activities such as encampment resolution, Homekey operating sustainability, and Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act housing supports. This focus may also be accompanied by expanded housing streamlining provisions.
Jurisdictions that are not compliant with their legal responsibilities will be disqualified from receiving specified homelessness funding
The Administration will seek to condition eligibility for any future homeless-related grants and competitive programs through the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency and the Health and Human Services Agency, on compliance with state housing law. Jurisdictions that are not compliant with their legal responsibilities will be disqualified from receiving specified homelessness funding, and instead, other overlapping jurisdictions, such as cities, counties, or administrative entities, such as Continuums of Care, will be eligible to receive those funds and provide those services in the respective community. If local jurisdictions fail to adhere to state housing law, it calls into question whether they have the intention or capacity to address homelessness in a comprehensive and efficient manner.
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