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:

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

HRC is working with Monterey County Department of Social Services and United Way Monterey to organize an Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Monterey County residents who are behind on their rent due to covid financial constraints. Using state and federal relief funding, Monterey County SB91 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will distribute $28 million of rent and utility assistance to low-income eligible households located in Monterey County that are facing housing instability due to direct or indirect financial impact from the COVID-19 crisis. This support is not a loan and eligible tenants receiving this rental and/or utility support are not required or expected to pay it back.

For program information view the flyers or content below. Visit the  program FAQs for further details.

Program Flyers

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for the rental and utility support through the Monterey County ERAP, residents need to meet the following requirements and provide the needed documents:

  • Tenants living within the County of Monterey, regardless of immigration status
  • Tenants may have formal or informal lease arrangements
  • At or below 80% Area Median Income of Monterey County
  • *Program will prioritize funding for very low-income tenants (at or below 50% AMI), as well as those who are at immediate risk of homelessness or have rental arrears
Household 1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People 5 People 6 People
80% AMI $56,950 $65,100 $73,250 $81,350 $87,900 $94,400
50% AMI $35,600 $40,700 $45,800 $50,850 $54,950 $59,000
 
  • Tenants have suffered a COVID-19-related financial distress that caused them to be unable to pay their rent between the dates of April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. A COVID-19-related financial distress can include any of the following:
  • Loss of income caused by the pandemic
  • Increased out-of-pocket expenses directly related to performing essential work during the pandemic
  • Increased expenses directly related to the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Childcare responsibilities or responsibilities to care for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic that limits the tenant's ability to earn income or increased costs of these responsibilities
  • Other circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic that have reduced a tenant's income or increased a tenant's expenses

If you have any questions related to eligibility, the application process, or your tenant protections, please visit our FAQs page.

Required Paperwork

Applicants must provide the following to apply:

  • Documentation of housing or financial instability resulting from loss or reduction in income due to COVID-19
  • Proof of income eligibility (one of the following: 2020 tax return, recent paystub, W-2, bank statement, unemployment award/benefit, hour reduction notice from employer)
  • Government-issued ID (from any country) that includes a photo, name, and birthday for the head of household
  • Rent due notices

Information for the Landlords


A formal lease is not required, however, assistance must be paid directly to the landlord. The property landlord must provide the following forms:


  • Government-issued ID
  • Tax info, such as a W9

Program Limitations

  • Rental assistance will be paid directly to the landlord
  • Past due rent plus utility assistance may not exceed 12 months of assistance per tenant.
  • Eligible renters can also receive help paying future rent at 25% of the amount owed for up to 3 months.
  • Rent arrears must be paid before future payments.
  • The landlord must accept ONLY 80% of the total payment that is due. The tenant is not required to pay the additional 20% if the landlord agrees to participate in the program. If the landlord refuses to comply, the agency may only pay 25% of the total rent due.

To Apply:

Landlords may fill out our HRC program form here to request enrollment into the ERAP program with HRC! You will be given a call for more documentation and information to get check eligibility and process payment.

For questions, please email Monica Kim at erap@hrcmc.org

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.