Governmental Programs

Governmental Assistance Programs

The Housing Support Program (HSP)

About the Program

Implemented in 2014, The Housing Support Program (HSP) assists homeless families on Calworks (a public assistance program that provides financial assistance and services to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home) and CalFresh (a public assistance program for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table) obtain and maintain permanent housing. These clients can range from young, first-time mothers, families fleeing domestic violence, two-parent households, and parents with disabled children. This program is administered through the Department of Social Services (DSS) and operated by HRC.

How to Apply

Note: To be applicable for HSP, you must be a CalWorks or CalFresh Recipient.

If you ARE A RECIPIENT of CalWorks or CalFresh please reach out to your eligibility worker with the DSS. Your worker will send a referral to DSS where you will be contacted for an assessment through the Coordinated Assessment and Referral System (CARS). Your referral will remain on the waitlist until HRC has an opening and your referral is next on the list. For more information on Monterey County’s Department of Social Services, please visit Monterey County's Department of Social Service webpage.

If you ARE NOT A RECIPIENT of CalWorks or CalFresh Please see below for how to apply to either or both programs.

2 Ways to apply for CalWorks:


2 Ways to apply for CalFresh:

The Family Stabilization Program (FSP)

About the Program

The Family Stabilization Program (FSP) assists homeless families on CalWorks (a public assistance program that provides financial assistance and services to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home and Calfresh (a public assistance program for people with low-income who meet federal income eligibility rules and want to add to their budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table) obtain and maintain permanent housing.

Along with housing homeless families, FSP also assists families who have a 30/60/90 day notice or eviction by paying rental arrears and, if appropriate, relocating the family into more affordable housing. The individuals in this program have a team of Monterey County social workers and supervisors working to support them, as they face not only homelessness, but additional factors such as (but not limited to): narcotic use, alcoholism, involvement with Child Protective Services, and/or Behavioral Health issues. HRC participates in this process by helping the client find housing for these families and encouraging employment for steady income.
This program is administered through the Department of Social Services (DSS) and operated by HRC.

How to Apply

Note: To be applicable for FSP, you must be a CalWorks or CalFresh Recipient.
If you ARE A RECIPIENT of
CalWorks or CalFresh Please reach out to your eligibility worker with the DSS. Your referral will be looked at by the FSP/HSP team to determine which program you are eligible for and, if chosen to go into FSP, your referral is sent to HRC shortly after. For more information on Monterey County’s Department of Social Services, please visit Monterey County's Department of Social Service webpage.
If you ARE NOT A RECIPIENT of CalWorks or CalFresh Please see below for how to apply to either or both programs.

2 Ways to apply for CalWorks:


2 Ways to Apply for CalFresh:

Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP)

The Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) was established by the State of California Business, Consumer Housing Agency to provide California Homeless Continuums of Care (CoC) with flexible grant funds to address immediate homelessness challenges. Our Continuum of Care operator, the Coalition of Homeless Service Provider, allocated funding to HRC for the purpose of housing our most high risk homeless individuals. At HRC, this program is geared towards non-CalWORKS individuals or families who are homeless and in need of housing assistance in Monterey County.

To apply for our HEAP program, a CARS assessment must be completed by any of the participating agencies. This assessment puts individuals on the waitlist based off of their assessed needs versus the traditional “first come, first serve” method. Those with the higher needs will be closer to the top of the list and will receive housing services first. For more information on the funding or origins of HEAP, please visit the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers’ Website.

The Prop 47 Behavioral Health Program (BH)

On November 4, 2014 Proposition 47 was voted in by Californians which allowed for certain non-serious or non-violent felonies to be reduced to misdemeanors. The money that was saved from the incarceration reduction was used to help fund Proposition 47. One of the services funded is HRC’s Prop 47 Behavioral Health Program (BH), which assists formerly incarcerated individuals on a substance treatment plan to located and maintain permanent housing. This individuals must be from south county and be successfully progressing through their treatment plan.
Clients enrolled into this program have referrals sent from Sun Street Center or Monterey County Behavioral Health and cannot be self-referred. For more information on Prop 47, please visit Monterey County's Prop 47 webpage.