CalWORKs Housing Support Program

The CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP) was established by SB 855 (Chapter 29, Statutes of 2014) to assist homeless CalWORKs families in quickly obtaining permanent housing and to provide wrap-around supports to families to foster housing retention.

HSP offers financial assistance and several wrap-around supportive services, including, but not limited to: rental assistance, security deposits, utility payments, moving costs, hotel and motel vouchers, landlord recruitment, case management, housing outreach and placement, legal services, and credit repair.


Eligibility/For Whom

CalWORKs recipients who are experiencing homelessness. For HSP, CDSS defines homeless as:

  1. Lacking a fixed or regular nighttime residence; and either
    1. Having a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publicly or privately-operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations; or
    2. residing in a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; or
  2. In receipt of judgment for eviction, as ordered by the court.

How to Apply

The Housing Support Program is administered through CalWORKs at the county level. Contact your local county welfare office to apply/learn more.