Homeless Assistance is available to CalWORKs eligible families to meet the reasonable costs of securing permanent housing, and for temporary shelter while seeking permanent housing. Families must meet the definition of homeless, and assistance is restricted to once in a lifetime with few exceptions.
Permanent Homeless Assistance is available to families who are eligible for and recipients of CalWORKs and who meet the definition of homeless.
For purposes this program, "homeless" families are those whom:
- Don't have their own place to stay at night
- Are staying at night in a shelter they must pay for or which is time limited
- Are staying in a place where people don't usually live
- Lack a regular and fixed nighttime residence.
Homeless Benefits can be issued only once in a lifetime except in circumstances of abuse, natural disaster or fire.
How much Homeless Benefits can be issued?
The amount of assistance is based on 80% of the Maximum Aid Payment and the client's rent cannot exceed 80% of their grant. For example, a family of three is eligible to $491 + deposit. Clients must pay first month's rent, we will pay last month's rent and deposit. PG&E deposit can be paid if the account is in good standing and in the client's name.