What’s in the Governor’s 2022-23 May Revision Budget Regarding Homelessness?
- The Administration’s commitment to extend the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program at current levels ($1 billion) for additional years beyond FY 2022-23.
- An additional $150 million for Homekey in the current year for a total of $2.9 billion in Homekey funding over two years.
- $500 million over two years to house unsheltered individuals on state-owned land through grants to local governments for interim housing and site preparation.
- $10.6 million General Fund annually for three years to continue to provide emergency transitional housing services to individuals who would otherwise be at risk of being unhoused at the time of their release.
- $3 million one-time General Fund to provide transitional housing to youth discharged from CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice by the Board of Juvenile Hearings in 2022-23.
- Nearly $65 million to administer Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Court to help deliver community-based behavioral health services and supports to Californians living with untreated schizophrenia spectrum or other psychotic disorders.
Programs and activities in the May Revision Budget regarding homelessness include: 1) Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Program; 2) Interim to Permanent Housing Placements; 3) Transitional Housing for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals; and 4) Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Court.
Note: Text in italics under numbers 1 – 3 below are direct quotes from the Housing and Homelessness Budget Summary chapter and text in italics under number 4 is a direct quote from Health and Human Services Budget Summary chapter.
- Extending HHAP at Current Levels
As part of the 2021 Budget Act, $1 billion is currently available for HHAP in 2022-23. The Administration is committed to extending HHAP at current levels for additional years beyond 2022-23, pending further discussion with the Legislature to meaningfully increase outcomes and accountability on local HHAP spending to focus on highest priority needs, such as encampment resolution, Homekey operating sustainability, and CARE Court housing supports.
- Local Homelessness Plans a Condition of Receiving Funding
As a condition of receiving funding through the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Program, local governments are required, by June 30, 2022, to submit local homelessness action plans to Cal-ICH. These local homelessness plans will provide the baseline information to measure the progress of local jurisdictions as they outline the steps that will be taken to achieve outcomes. In addition, the state will employ local homelessness action plans submitted by overlapping cities, counties, and Continuums of Care as a tool to create stronger regional coordination, aligned goals, and joint opportunities for impact and accountability.
- Interim to Permanent Housing Placements
- Additional $150 Million for Homekey
The May Revision proposes an additional $150 million in the current year, for a total of $2.9 billion in Homekey funding over two years.
- House Unsheltered Individuals on State-owned Land
The May Revision also includes $500 million over two years to house unsheltered individuals on state-owned land through grants to local governments for interim housing and site preparation. Interim housing placements will provide bridge housing for unsheltered individuals who can be transitioned into long-term housing placements that will be created over the next few years through the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program, the Community Care Expansion Program, and additional rounds of the Homekey Program.
- Transitional Housing for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
- Continue Returning Home Well Program
The California Department of Corrections and Community Rehabilitation (CDCR) established the Returning Home Well Program during the pandemic to provide emergency transitional housing services to individuals who would otherwise be at risk of being unhoused at the time of their release. The Governor’s Budget included $10.6 million General Fund annually for three years to continue Returning Home Well while providing the opportunity to assess the ongoing needs of the released population.
- Youth Discharged from CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice
The May Revision builds on this investment by adding $3 million one-time General Fund to provide transitional housing to youth discharged from CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice by the Board of Juvenile Hearings in 2022-23. Transitional housing will be available to youth who are at risk of homelessness upon their release to support them in successfully reentering their communities. For more information, see the Criminal Justice Chapter.
- Investments to Administer CARE Court
CARE Court is a new court process to deliver community-based behavioral health services and supports to Californians living with untreated schizophrenia spectrum or other psychotic disorders. CARE Court is intended to serve as an upstream intervention for the most severely impaired Californians to prevent avoidable psychiatric hospitalizations, incarceration, and Lanterman-Petris-Short Mental Health Conservatorship.
The May Revision includes the following investments to administer CARE Court:
- Supporter Program—$10 million General Fund ongoing to the Department of Aging for the CARE Court Supporter Program to help the participant understand, consider, and communicate decisions by providing the tools to make self-directed choices to the greatest extent possible.
- Training and Technical Assistance—$15.2 million General Fund in 2022-23, $1.1 million General Fund annually between 2023-24 and 2026-27, and $1.3 million General Fund annually ongoing for the Department of Health Care Services to provide training and technical assistance to counties, data collection, and evaluation.
- Judicial Branch—$39.5 million General Fund in 2022-23 and $37.7 million ongoing for the Judicial Branch to conduct CARE Court hearings and provide resources for self-help centers.
The Administration continues to work with counties to estimate costs associated with this new court process.
The May Revision Budget is forwarded to the Legislature. Each house of the Legislature then finalizes its version of the budget. A legislative conference committee may meet to resolve differences. Legislative leaders and the governor meet to address outstanding issues.
The Legislature has until midnight on June 15 to get a balanced budget bill to the Governor. The Governor will then have twelve working days to sign the budget bill, which becomes law upon his signature.