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 (ESG) program.

For additional information on the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), please visit HUD's ARRA page, or www.Recovery.gov.

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HPRP ended nationwide on September 30, 2012.
Federal HPRP funds are no longer available.

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 Grant (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.

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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Tempe Serves as Model for Program and Community Collaboration

By utilizing HPRP funds and collaborating with existing programs, the City of Tempe was able to make a significant impact in the community by rapidly re-housing hard-to-reach chronically homeless persons. The lessons learned through HPRP, such as the importance of political will and stakeholder collaboration in changing an entire region's approach to homelessness, have already informed Tempe's latest initiative, and the impact of successfully rapidly re-housing "hard to serve" clients will be seen for many years to come.
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Mother and Daughter Find a Better Future with the Help of HPRP

Despite her limited education, work experience, and abusive past, Carla and her daughter were able to start a new life. At the Rainbow House Shelter for women and children Carla met with a case manager to help realize her personal assets and received financial assistance to help her move into a home and pursue her GED. HPRP provided her with the security deposit she needed to move into a subsidized apartment, and connected her to furniture and food donations to make her apartment feel more like a home.
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HPRP Provides Housing and Healing for Single Mom

Sarah made a lot of sacrifices to take care of her son and newborn twins. However, after being hospitalized and relying on family to provide housing, she turned to HPRP for assistance. With the help of her case manager, she is now able to provide safe housing, and with child care in place, Sarah continues her journey toward healing.
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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."
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