The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) Program has prevented or ended homelessness for one million Americans since its inception in 2009, announced U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan at a U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) meeting on Tuesday.
As a new program created and funded specifically through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HPRP provided $1.5 billion to local communities to keep families in their homes or help them find other affordable housing after a sudden financial crisis which might have otherwise led to homelessness. HPRP grants offer communities a resource to provide short- and medium-term rental assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or to quickly re-house those who are experiencing homelessness.
According to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), HPRP has served 8,413 people in Connecticut since its inception. 6,275 people received homelessness prevention services and 2.210 received rapid re-housing services.
Check out the video of Sec. Donovan announcing this milestone:
“At a time when so many families were at the brink of homelessness due to the economic crisis, HPRP was able to step in and provide the assistance needed to keep families safe and off the streets,” said Secretary Donovan. “I am proud to announce this historic milestone and to continue to work on strategies with my partners within the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to end homelessness for all Americans.”
Homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing will be eligible and encouraged uses of McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants when new regulations take affect, as established by the HEARTH Act. The HEARTH Act is intended to streamline McKinney-Vento and make it easier for communities to use, implement better data tracking and analysis, and include the HPRP-type functions. But funding for McKinney-Vento is uncertain, so replacing the drying up HPRP stimulus funds with added McKinney funds may prove difficult. The National Alliance to End Homeless (NAEH) reports that $2.4 billion for the program is necessary to fully implement new measures driven by HEARTH; the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) approved $1.901 Billion. The spending bill must still be considered by the Senate and President Obama.