Governor Jerry Brown’s New Homelessness Budget Plan

The California budget signed on June 27, 2018, includes several pieces intended to help address the state’s housing and homelessness crises.

The Budget includes $5.1 billion that will be allocated to programs that aim to increase housing production. A one-time Homeless Emergency Aid Block Grant of $500 million will be used for cities, counties, and regional-planning organizations. This grant can only be used for emergency housing vouchers, rapid rehousing, emergency shelter construction, and armories to provide temporary shelters.

In addition, the governor’s signature also puts the No Place Like Home Program on the November ballot, which will ask voters to approve an additional $2 billion dollars in bonds. This money would go toward new housing projects with mental health services for chronically homeless people.

Here is a breakdown of the $5.1 billion in the 2018-2019 State and Federal funds for Housing and Homelessness Programs (homelessness housing programs are highlighted in yellow):

2018-2019 Housing and Homelessness Funding
(in millions)
Department Program Amount
Department of Housing and Community Development Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act Programs (SB3) $277
No Place Like Home Program $262
Building Homes and Jobs Fund Programs (SB2) $255
Federal Funds $122
Housing for Veterans Funds $75
Infill Infrastructure Grant Program Reappropriation $51
Multifamily Housing Program – Supportive Housing $39
Office of Migrant Services $6
Housing Related Parks Program Reappropriation $2
Various $15
California Housing Finance Agency Single Family 1st Mortgage Lending $1,500
Multifamily Conduit Lending $300
Multifamily Lending $200
Single Family Down Payment Assistance $108
Special Needs Housing Program $30
Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council Emergency Homeless Aid Block Grants $500
Strategic Growth Council Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities $455
Tax Credit Allocation Committee Low Income Housing Tax Credits (Federal) $259
Low Income Housing Tax Credits (State) $97
Farmworker Housing Assistance Tax Credits $3
Department of Veterans Affairs CalVet Farm and Home Loan Program $264
Department of Social Services CalWORKS Housing Support Program $71
CalWORKS Homeless Assistance Program $43
Senior Home Safe Program $15
CalWORKS Family Stabilization, Housing Component $3
Department of Health Care Services Homeless and Mental Illness Program $50
Whole Person Care Pilot Program, Health Homes Program, Mental Health Services Act Community Services and Supports, California Community Transitions Program N/A
Office of Emergency Services Domestic Violence Housing First Program $13
Transitional Housing Program $10
Domestic Violence Shelters and Services $10
Specialized Emergency Housing $5
Homeless Youth and Exploitation Program $2
Department of Public Health Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) $3
Housing Plus Program $2
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Integrated Services for Mentally-Ill Parolees $3
Specialized Treatment of Optimized Programming, Parole Service Center, Day Reporting Center, Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program N/A
Total   $5,050