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Housing Assistance Programs

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Housing Assistance (HA)

CalWORKs Temporary Homeless Assistance (THA) and Permanent Homeless Assistance (PHA) were developed to assist eligible and/or potentially-eligible CalWORKs families, who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, to secure permanent housing, prevent eviction by payment of arrearages, or provide temporary shelter while the families seeks permanent housing.


• Be eligible to or receiving CalWORKs benefits
• Have $100 or less in nonexempt liquid resources
• Meet the definition of homeless
• Have not received HA in the past 12 months, unless an exception is met.

Housing Support Program (HSP)

Housing Support Program (HSP) promotes housing stability for families in the CalWORKs program. All eligible CalWORKs families are able to receive HSP regardless of their assets or income levels.


• A family who is receiving CalWORKs
• For the purposes of HSP, “homeless” is defined as:

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

In order to be considered for HSP you must be referred by a member of the Department or through a partner agency.

Information for Landlords:

If you are interested in the opportunity to work with our program and would like more information please contact our HSP Coordinator at (559) 479-4868 or (559) 479-4880.

Partner Agencies

Housing Authority of the City of Madera

The Housing Authority of the City of Madera (HACM) provides affordable and safe housing for low to moderate income individuals and families, and for those whose circumstances find them without a place to live.

Community Action Partnership of Madera County Shunammite Place

The Shunammite Place Permanent Supportive Housing Program provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless women with disabilities. Intended to end the cycle of homeless, the Program has been designed to assist and encourage a lifestyle free from addiction. The Shunammite Place helps women with issues of mental and physical health by encouraging structure, improvement, dedication, and goals achievement.

Fresno Madera Continuum of Care 

The Fresno Madera Continuum of Care assists homeless persons to make the critical transition from homelessness to independent or supportive permanent housing; accessing education, health and mental health services, employment training, and life skills development.

The document linked here includes all parts of the Fresno/Madera Continuum of Care (CoC) Consolidated Application, including the CoC Application attachments and the Priority Listing with reallocation forms.

Policy & Procedures

Homeless Assistance