Housing Assistance Programs

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Colusa County believes in utilizing a Housing First approach, which includes housing individuals without preconditions and helping customers secure permanent housing as soon as possible.

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CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP)

The CalWORKs Housing Support Program (HSP) was established by SB 855 (Chapter 29, Statutes of 2014) to assist homeless CalWORKs families in quickly obtaining permanent housing and to provide wrap-around supports to families.

HSP offers financial assistance and several wrap-around supportive services, including, but not limited to: rental assistance, security deposits, utility payments, moving costs, hotel and motel vouchers, landlord recruitment, case management, housing outreach and placement, legal services, and credit repair.

CalWORKs recipients who are experiencing homelessness. For HSP, CDSS defines homeless as:

  1. Lacking a fixed or regular nighttime residence; and either
  2. Having a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publically or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations; or residing in a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; or In receipt of judgment for eviction, as ordered by the court.


CalWORKs Homeless Assistance (HA)

The CalWORKs Homeless Assistance (HA) Program was established to help CalWORKs families meet the reasonable costs of securing housing. The CalWORKs HA program serves eligible CalWORKs recipients or apparently eligible CalWORKs applicants, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 


CalWORKs HA can provide payments for temporary shelter for up to 16 consecutive calendar days, as well as payments to secure or maintain housing, including a security deposit and last month’s rent, or up to two months of rent arrearages.


As of January 1, 2017, this benefit is available to an eligible client once every 12 months (formerly a once-in-a-lifetime benefit), with exceptions.

Types of Homeless Assistance

Effective January 1, 2019 

  • Temporary HA, which helps families pay the costs of temporary shelter.
    1. 16 calendar days of motel vouchers ($85 per day + $15 for each additional family member, up to $145 daily)
  • Permanent HA, which helps families secure housing or prevent eviction.
    1. Security deposit and 1st month rent or 2 months arrearages to prevent eviction.
  • CalWORKs Victims of Domestic Abuse/Expanded Temporary Homeless Assistance 
    1. Available to individuals who have past or present domestic abuse and are fleeing his or her abuser. Expanded Temporary Homeless Assistance provides CalWORKs applicants with Temporary Assistance for up to 32 days.
  • CalWORKs recipients, or apparently eligible CalWORKs applicants who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. 


For HA, CDSS defines homeless as:

  • Lacking a fixed or regular nighttime residence; and either
  • residing in a shelter; or
  • residing in a place not designed as a regular sleeping accommodation; or
  • In receipt of a court ordered eviction


Golden State Grant Program for CalWORKs Families (GSG)

The GSG will provide a one-time $600 payment to all eligible CalWORKs Assistance Units. These payments do not impact your CalWORKs or CalFresh eligibility or monthly benefits! Click here to find out more information. 


Homeless Disabled Advocacy Program (HDAP)

The Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) was established by Assembly Bill 1603 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2016) to assist disabled individuals who are experiencing homelessness apply for disability benefit programs while also providing housing assistance. 


HDAP Has four core requirements: 

  • Outreach
  • Case Management
  • Disability Advocacy
  • Housing Assistance 

*All four components are and must be offered to recipients.


Colusa County is participating in HDAP and the county program is tailored to the community. 


Disabled individuals must be willing to apply for Social Security or have applied for Social Security and waiting on a decision from Social Security.


California Emergency Solutions and Housing Program (CESH)

The California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) Program provides funds for a variety of activities to assist persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness as authorized by SB 850 (Chapter 48, Statues of 2018).


To be eligible for the CESH Program, an applicant must be:

Homeless and transitioning to permanent housing; or

Qualify as Extremely Low Income; or

Have a pending eviction action or notice to vacate; or

Have a monthly rent payment that exceeds 50% of the current income


Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program (HHAP)

Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program (HHAP) grant funding. HHAP is a block grant program designed to address immediate homelessness challenges throughout Colusa County. 


Spending is informed by a best practice’s framework focused on moving homeless individuals and families into permanent housing. Ensuring those individuals and families maintain permanent housing.


Colusa County Housing Case Managers can help those who qualify with: 

  • Rental assistance and Rapid Rehousing
  • Landlord Assistance (including, but not limited to, security deposits and holding fees)
  • Prevention and Shelter Diversion to permanent housing

For additional information, please call (530) 458-0260 or come into our office and speak with a Case Manager at 144 Market Street, Colusa CA 93932.


Transitional Housing Program

The Transitional Housing Program is a 5 unit housing complex where residents receive case management to link them to services in the community. Residents are expected to participate in activities that promote living skills and self-sufficiency as well as search for permanent housing. For additional information on program qualifications, program fees, and availability, please call (530) 458-0260 or come into our office and speak with a Case Manager at 144 Market Street, Colusa CA 93932.


Additional Resources


Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)


Rental Assistance 


Fair Housing Information



Local and State Services

Business Consumer Services & Housing Agency (BCSH)


Housing & Community Development (HCD)


COVID-19 Housing & Landlord information



Regional Housing Authority (RHA)


Dos Rios Continuum of Care (CoC)