California Chosen for New Federal Program to Address Chronic Homelessness

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), has selected California and five other states to receive technical assistance and participate in an innovative federal program to help ease chronic homelessness.  The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) will lead and coordinate the effort in the state, which has approximately 33,422 chronically homeless persons.

The program will include the participation of a range of state agencies and departments as well as various non-profit and law enforcement groups in a Policy Academy, and will focus on a comparison of programs and national best practices in effort to “reduce fragmentation, increase community education and leadership, and provide a framework for best use of available resources.”  In addition, the Policy Academy will also result in improvements to California’s adopted Ten Year Chronic Homelessness Action Plan from 2007.