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Grants to California Tribes to Prevent and End Homelessness

Tribal Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (Tribal HHAP)


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Funding Source
State of California - Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency (BCSH)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/30/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to California federally recognized tribes for a wide range of activities to prevent and end homelessness. Eligible uses of funds include, but are not limited to, shelter improvements, strengthening crisis response systems, landlord incentives, operating subsidies, permanent housing and innovative housing solutions, and strengthening partnerships between systems for improved service delivery. A portion of funds must be used to meet the needs of homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness.

Funding Flexibility

Tribal communities hold the expertise to design and implement culturally responsive solutions that meet the needs of their communities. Health and Safety Code section 50220.8, subdivision (e) provides for nine broad categories where Tribal communities can choose a variety of interventions. Examples of these nine broad categories are provided below.

Examples include:

  • Rapid Rehousing:  Case management, services, and financial support to help individuals and families find and retain permanent housing.
  • Landlord Incentives:  Financial incentives to encourage landlords to allow a home to be rented. 
  • Permanent Housing & Innovative Housing Solutions: The development of new permanent housing solutions, including motel and hotel conversion into housing.  
  • Operating subsidies:  Subsidizing new and existing affordable or supportive housing units, emergency shelters, and navigation centers.  Operating subsidies may include operating reserves.  
  • Strengthening Crisis Response Systems: Emergency shelters, street outreach, and other crisis services. Meeting needs like shelter, clothing, and personal hygiene, while also helping individuals and families resolve crisis and swiftly secure permanent housing opportunities that will end their homelessness.
  • Services Coordination:  Improving access to workforce, education, and training programs, or other services needed to promote housing stability in supportive housing.  
  • Systems Support: For activities necessary to create regional partnerships and maintain a homeless services and housing delivery systems, particularly for vulnerable populations, including homeless youth.  
  • Strengthening Partnerships: Strengthen partnerships between behavioral health/health, child welfare, juvenile justice, criminal justice, homelessness service systems, and tribal systems; strengthen transition, discharge planning and case management for individuals in these systems.  Reduce barriers to housing, employment, and services. 
  • Prevention & Shelter Diversion:  Services and activities that connect individuals and families to permanent housing and help them to be successful. 
  • Shelter Improvements:  To lower barriers and increase privacy.  
  • Interim Sheltering: Newly developed clinically enhanced congregate shelters, new or existing noncongregate shelters, and operations of existing navigations centers and shelters, with some limitations and additional requirements for approval. 

For Eligible Uses of Funding, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Federally recognized tribes are the only applicants able to receive funding; however, tribes are able to partner with other organizations in their application and are encouraged to do so.

Cal ICH is seeking partnership with federally recognized tribes and stakeholders in the development of a tribal grant program.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Listening Sessions & Tribal Consultation Opportunities

Please register for one or both of the sessions below. An email will be provided with the link to access the session, once registered.

March 28, 2023
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Pacific Time

March 30, 2023
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific Time

Virtual Tribal Homelessness/Housing Listening Session: Continuums of Care (CoC) & Tribes

Please register for one or both of the sessions below. An email will be provided with the link to access the session, once registered.

April 12, 2023
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time

April 18, 2023
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Pacific Time

Pre-Application Information
- March 2023: Cal ICH is seeking guidance and feedback from our tribal partners through consultations and public listening sessions to develop this NOFA and application processes. These consultations and public listening sessions provide an opportunity for tribes to discuss concerns, submit comments and ensure we meet the needs of tribal communities.
- March 2023: Notice of Funding Availability Announcement Release
- April 2023: Cal ICH will release the applications, with consideration of the needs of
California’s Federally Recognized Tribes, for this year’s round of funding.  
- April -June 2023: Cal ICH will further engage tribes and provide technical assistance as they complete their applications and provide application workshops.
- June 30, 2023: Final Applications are due to Cal ICH
- July 30, 2023: Cal ICH will review applications and respond to applicants within 30 days of receipt.  

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Tribal HHAP funds must be fully spent by June 30, 2027.

Contact Information
To request tribal consultation with Cal ICH, you may complete the request form at

You may also contact:
Vevila Blossoming Bear, Tribal Liaison
(916) 510-9445

801 Capitol Mall, Suite 601, Sacramento, CA 95814

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