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.
Submit a Story
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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A City and County Combine HPRP Efforts to Better Serve their Community
The City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County used HPRP as an opportunity to work together to provide better homelessness delivery systems by creating a central contact point for their homeless residents and those at-risk of homelessness. It also allowed them to plan for the future and include a rapid re-housing service for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan that will be at least partially funded through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. This service will be similar to HPRP, drawing upon lessons the community learned through its implementation.
Ventura County Uses HPRP and HUD-VASH to Assist Homeless Veterans
In Ventura County, homeless veterans make up over 10 percent of the unsheltered population, so the County reached out to the Los Angeles Veterans Administration to find out how to use HPRP and HUD-VASH together to better serve veterans. This resulted in expanded services and support for the area's homeless veterans. HPRP gave Ventura County an immediate, concrete way to help its homeless veterans get housed. "It makes housing possible. It stirs up their hope. And by supplementing HUD-VASH with HPRP, we can quickly put our veterans into the safe and quiet homes they need."