HomeBASE is an alternative to shelter for families who are eligible for Emergency Assistance shelter. HomeBASE recipients can receive 1st/last month's rent and security deposit, and/or a monthly stipend for up to a year to help pay for rent and utilities. Total assistance is capped at $10,000 for a 12-month period - some families receive this level of assistance, and other families receive less. Some families receive HomeBASE benefits as a ‘diversion’ approach, to avoid the need to enter a homeless shelter. Other families receive HomeBASE benefits to help them leave shelter and move into stable housing.