Community-Based Transitional Housing Program


The 2016 Budget Act appropriates $25 million for the Community-Based Transitional Housing Program (Program), which seeks to encourage local communities to support housing that provides treatment and reentry programming to individuals who will benefit from those services. 

The enabling legislation for the Program is Senate Bill 837 (Chapter 32, Statutes of 2016).  A link to SB 837 is included below. The provisions governing the Program begin in Section 65 of the bill.

The Program will provide grants of up to $2 million to cities and counties that approve conditional use permits or other entitlements, valid for at least 10 years, for facilities that provide transitional housing and support services. Sixty percent of the Program funds shall be used by the city or county for statutorily specified public safety and community outreach, and 40 percent of the Program funds shall be used by the facility operator for statutorily specified purposes.

The Program is intended to primarily target offenders released from state prisons and county jails. However, cities and counties may apply for funds to serve other populations that they believe will benefit from the Program’s services.

How to Apply

Cities and counties that wish to apply for Program funds should download an application from the link provided below. The application cover sheet contains submittal instructions. The Department of Finance will accept applications on a rolling basis over a two-year period beginning October 1, 2016, through October 1, 2018. 

Beginning in November 2016, Finance plans to review and make determinations regarding the Program applications received in the preceding month. Actual review cycles may vary, however, depending on the volume of applications received. SB 837 does provide Finance up to 90 days to review each application.

Decisions regarding applications will be made in accordance with Government Code section 30035.4 (b), as added by SB 837. Each application will be evaluated based on its individual merits, and in comparison to the other applications received in that review cycle.  No “priority” points will be awarded. All Finance decisions are final.
While the statutory deadline for submitting an application is October 1, 2018, Finance will cease accepting applications when the $25 million appropriation is fully awarded. Consequently, the earlier an application is submitted, the better the chance there will be Program funds available.

Finance has established a dedicated email address for application submittals, and for questions regarding the Program. A link to the email address is included below.

Program email address:
Link to SB 837:
Program application cover sheet:
Program application:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Department of Finance Seal
Governor Brown
Finance Director Michael Cohen

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