HCA Family Fund

“I had been homeless with my daughter for almost 2 years. Now we have a home where we can sleep and get up without the fear that we may not have a place to sleep for the next night. I just want to let you guys know how much hope, relief and security your program gives a woman such as myself in a situation that most don’t seem to understand. The HCA Family Fund gives families security within their homes.” –Terry W.

Problem Statement: It was estimated that there was less than 1% of housing availability in Sonoma County in 2016. It was noted in the “Portrait of Sonoma County 2014” that about one in eight people (12%) in the county live below the poverty line. Nearly half of all households (46%) spend more than 30% of their income on housing. According to RealtyTrac data 2016, Sonoma County ranks in the top ten of least affordable places to live in the entire country. It was estimated that it would take 82% of the average Sonoma County resident’s salary to afford mortgage payments on the median house in the County. It was also reported that from 2010 to 2014, Sonoma County’s median renter income dropped by 9% and median rents increased by 17%, according to the California Housing Partnership.

Goal of the Program: The Fund is designed to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with once in a lifetime assistance combined with financial coaching to empower the participant in creating a household budget, develop skills necessary to manage a household, and learn the importance of saving.

Primary Activities:

  • The Fund may assist qualified applicants with partial deposit assistance in the form of a micro-loan paid directly to the landlord. Deposits are returned to the agency after the applicant moves from the residence. To be eligible for deposit assistance, one must have a signed lease or a letter of approval from the property they are moving to.
  • The Fund may assist qualified applicants with once in a lifetime rental assistance; paid directly to the landlord. Rent assistance may be available to qualified applicants for up to three months, providing the family meets all the criteria and works with the financial coach to develop a plan to better their individual financial situation. This money does not have to be paid back.

Outcome Highlights:

  • Over 300 households assisted each year
  • At least 33% of households reduce their debt through program assistance
  • Over 75% of households served were able to maintain their housing through HCA assistance

Contact Information:

  • Program Manager: Kathy Kane, RDHAP
    Phone 707-544-6911 x 1091
    kkane@capsonoma.org
  • Program Coordinator: Auricela Cervantes
    Phone 707-544-6911 x 1006
    acervantes@capsonoma.org

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

In order to qualify for rental assistance you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have lived in Sonoma County for the past 6 months
  • Have resided at your current address for at least 6 months
  • Not be currently receiving section 8
  • Not be a current tenant at a CAP Sonoma property
  • At least one member of the household must be currently receiving income
  • Applicant income must show the ability to sustain household expenses after HCA Family Fund assistance has been exhausted

If you meet the initial intake requirements, you may be invited to attend the workshop and complete the full application. Meeting initial requirements is not a guarantee of approval.
Additional requirements must be met before final application approval and is dependent upon the number of qualified applicants and funding amounts available.

In order to qualify for deposit assistance you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have lived in Sonoma County for the past 6 months
  • Have been approved for the unit (have a rent or lease agreement)
  • At least one member of the household must be currently receiving income
  • Applicant income must show the ability to sustain household expenses after HCA Family Fund assistance has been exhausted

Procedure

    1. Pick up an intake questionnaire at CAP’s main office located at 141 Stony Circle, Suite 210 in Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Intake questionnaire can be taken by phone at 707-544-6911
    2. Turn in the Intake questionnaire by 5:00 PM on the last Monday of that month. You can turn in the Intake questionnaire any day before the deadline Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
    3. The HCA program coordinator will review all Intake questionnaires that were received by the deadline and score them based on their needs.
    4. The HCA program coordinator will call only the qualify applicants the last Wednesday of that week by 5:00 PM to invite them to a one hour workshop. Due to our limited funding, we are not able to help all applicants. We give priority to the most vulnerable applicants based on their needs.
    5. Due to our limited space, only one household representative will be allowed to attend the Financial Workshop.
    6. We REQUEST applicants who are invited to attend to a one hours Financial Workshop to find other accommodations for their minor children base on our limited space.
    7. Applicants need to be in the CAP main office 15 minutes before the workshop starts.
      English Workshop starts at 1:30 pm (Clients need to be here by 1:15 PM)
      Spanish Workshop starts at 3:00 pm (Clients need to be here by 2:45 PM.
    8. All materials for the workshop will be provided by the agency, and applications for funding will be given after the workshop is completed.

(Workshop attendance does not guarantee assistance)

Workshop dates for 2019 are: Jan 9, Feb, 6 Mar, 6, Apr 3 May 1, Jun 5, July. 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4

Intake questionnaire deadline dates: Monday Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25, Apr 29, May 27, Jun 24, July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25 and. Dec. 16

For more info please contact
Program Coordinator
707-544-6911, extension 1006
acervantes@capsonoma.org