Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which included $1.5 billion for a Homelessness Prevention Fund. Funding for this program, called the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), was distributed based on the formula used for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program.
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HPRP ended nationwide on September 30, 2012.
Promising Practices & Success Stories
HPRP marks the first time that such a large amount of federal funds has been available for homelessness prevention at the national level. Since the beginning of the program, communities across the country have worked to prevent and end homelessness for over one million people, including families and individuals (see the HPRP Year 1 Summary). Homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing are key strategies of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and are components of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. While HPRP in name will come to an end in 2012, the activities will be eligible under the new Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program. Learning what has been instrumental to foster success in other communities can be key as communities continue to incorporate prevention and rapid re-housing activities into their continuum. This page contains community and program-level promising practices and individual success stories submitted by HPRP programs across the country.
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HUD encourages communities to submit examples of how they have used HPRP to effect change in their communities and homeless continuum, and to positively impact residents’ lives. To submit your story, please use the Promising Practices and Success Stories Template.
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Find a Story
To see stories highlighting community or program-level systems change, successful targeting strategies, or examples of how HPRP has helped communities to decrease their homeless or shelter population, look under Promising Practices. Stories highlighting individual or family HPRP success stories can be found by looking under Individual Success Stories.
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Roanoke's Community Housing Resource Center Serves as a Model of Success
With HPRP and United Way's Emergency Assistance funding, Roanoke launched a "Community Housing Resource Center" and began their first formalized rapid re-housing efforts. The organization operating this Center, the Council of Community Services (CCS), has since become the largest provider of prevention and rapid re-housing dollars in the community. Through the Housing Resource Center, Roanoke has served more than 500 households with financial assistance, moving help, budget and credit counseling, and case management through the CCS, and continues to expand the program.
Veteran Finds Safety and Relief Through HPRP and HUD-VASH
Upon returning to her family from her second tour in Iraq, DJ was confronted with an abusive husband, a family to take care of, and several war-related injuries. DJ left her husband and moved her children to be near family in Philadelphia where she eventually entered HPRP. With the help of HPRP and then HUD-VASH, DJ was able to get the veteran support she needed and a safe home for her family.
Single Mother Achieves Education Goals
As a young, single mother of two, Danni had many responsibilities and very little income. Through HPRP, she received rental assistance and help towards achieving her goal of becoming a certified nursing assistant. She has since graduated, now has a full time job that supports her family and has big plans for their future.
HPRP Helped to Quickly Integrate HMIS into Washington State's Homeless and At-Risk Assistance
Using HPRP funds, Washington State implemented HMIS-based reporting and evaluation with its subgrantees for the first time. Three years later, all subgrantees continue to use HMIS to report data for their State-funded grants. Agencies share client-level data while retaining client privacy, giving the community a clearer picture of homelessness in their community. The State is using this better data to develop performance measurements on their non-HUD homeless assistance grants.