DHCS Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program​ and CA Continuums of Care

Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program (HHIP) aims to improve health outcomes and access to whole person care services by addressing housing insecurity and instability as a social determinant of health for the Medi-Cal population.

As a means of addressing social determinants of health and health disparities, Medi-Cal managed care plans would be able to earn incentive funds for making investments and progress in addressing homelessness and keeping people housed. Managed care plans and the local homeless Continuum of Care, in partnership with local public health jurisdictions, county behavioral health, Public Hospitals, county social services, and local housing departments must submit a Homelessness Plan to DHCS.

The homelessness plan​ must outline h​​ow Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program services and supports would be integrated into the homeless system. This would include a housing and services gaps/needs assessment and how these funds would prioritize aging and disabled homeless Californians (including those with a behavioral health disability). Plans should build off of existing local HUD or other homeless plans and be designed to address unmet needs.

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Recommended steps for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans (MCPs) include:

  • April: Invite housing and HHAP stakeholders to participate in developing your Local Homelessness Plan for HHIP development process
  • May: Expand partnerships with housing agencies and HHAP leads in your service area
  • June: Submit one Local Homelessness Plan (LHP) per county to DHCS (due June 30, 2022)

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