California Department of Housing and Community Development Awards $85.5 Million to Help People Experiencing Homelessness Who Frequently Use Healthcare Systems

Funds awarded to developers and counties will help build permanent homes, rehabilitate existing homes, and help with rent payments
April 1, 2020
Sacramento, CA —  

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) awarded a total of $85.5 million to developers and counties throughout California in the first round of funding for the Housing for a Healthy California program. Funding for the program comes from both the federal National Housing Trust Fund and California’s Building Homes and Jobs Trust Fund.

Many people experiencing homelessness are frequent users of emergency rooms, inpatient care, and nursing homes, forced to use these expensive systems as a means for both healthcare and temporary housing. Housing for a Healthy California serves people experiencing homelessness or chronic homelessness who are also high-cost users of healthcare systems by creating permanent housing with supportive services. The program can also be used for rental assistance or to rehabilitate existing housing developments.

These awards follow Governor Newsom’s February statewide tour on homelessness, 100-day challenge to cities and counties, and announcement of 286 state-owned properties immediately available to cities and counties to lease for $1 to use for homeless solutions. Governor Newsom also released $650 million in State Emergency Homeless Aid, featured more than $1 billion in his proposed budget, and continues to challenge cities and counties to partner with the state on immediate impact solutions to tackle homelessness.

With the awards listed below, developers (Article I) and cities and counties (Article II) can move toward acquisition, new construction, rehabilitation, rental assistance, and more to provide individuals and families safe, stable places to call home.

The 2020 Housing for a Healthy California funding for developers (Article I) was announced at the end of February 2020.

For additional information about Housing for a Healthy California, visit the Housing for a Healthy California webpage or email

Housing for a Healthy California Program Funding Awards

$85.5 Million Awarded – April 1, 2020

Article I – Developers

Project SponsorProject NameCountyAmount Awarded
BRIDGE Housing CorporationBerkeley Food and Housing HOPE Center  Alameda$3,443,026
Easy Bay Asian Local Development CorporationPhoenixAlameda$11,120,282
EAH Housing, IncMatsya VillaAlameda$3,379,011
American Family HousingCala PalomaOrange$4,464,144


Article II – Counties

ApplicantLead Service ProviderPurposeAmount Awarded
San MateoSan Mateo County Health System  New Construction$19,995,225
Los AngelesLocal Initiative Health Initiative for Los Angeles CountyRental Assistance$19,958,664
San FranciscoFelton InstituteRehabilitation$6,798,810
SacramentoSacramento County Department of HealthRental Assistance$9,900,900
MarinMarinRental Assistance$2,830,392
KernKern Behavioral Health and Recovery ServicesRental Assistance$634,946
Contact Details:

Monica Hernandez
(916) 890-5240