Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) Fact Sheet

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

This fact sheet provides an overview of important information related to the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP). For more detailed guidance, please see Additional Information.

Purpose
Beneficiaries
Eligible Applicants
Eligible Activities
Grant Size and Duration
Requirements and Responsibilities
Schedule/Process
Additional Information

Purpose

The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) provides homelessness prevention assistance to households that would otherwise become homeless, and provides rapid re-housing assistance to persons who are homeless as defined by section 103 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302).

Beneficiaries

HPRP provides assistance to households at or below 50 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) that are in need of temporary assistance to end or prevent homelessness, but whom have the capacity to maintain stable housing upon the conclusion of the assistance.

Eligible Applicants

HPRP funds, totaling $1.5 billion, were awarded on a formula basis to cities, counties, states, and territories. Grantees were required to obligate 100 percent of funds by September 30, 2009. HUD does not provide assistance directly to individuals. Individuals in need of assistance must contact their local grantee.

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Eligible Activities

Grantees may allocate funds to four different eligible activities: (1) Financial Assistance; (2) Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services; (3) Data Collection and Evaluation; and (4) Administrative Costs.

1) Financial Assistance

Under the Financial Assistance category, there are six cost types: (1) Rental Assistance/Arrears; (2) Utility Assistance/Arrears; (3) Security Deposits; (4) Utility Deposits; (5) Moving Cost Assistance; and (6) Hotel/Motel Vouchers:

  • Rental Assistance/Arrears. Eligible participants may receive up to 18 months of rental assistance in order to obtain or remain in housing, including up to six months of arrears. Grantees have the discretion to determine how to structure the rental subsidy. As such, HPRP rental assistance may be used to cover all or just a portion of a program participant's monthly rent.
  • Utility Assistance/Arrears. HPRP funds may be used for up to 18 months of utility payments, including up to six months of utility arrears.
  • Security and Utility Deposits. HPRP funds may be used to pay for security and/or utility deposits for eligible program participants.
  • Moving Cost Assistance. Eligible participants may receive help with reasonable moving costs, such as truck rental fees, moving company fees, and/or short-term storage fees. Storage fees may be paid until the program participant is housed, or for up to three months – whichever time period is shorter. Transportation costs (including bus, train, and airplane tickets) for program participants are not eligible.
  • Hotel/Motel Vouchers. If subsequent rental housing has been identified but is not immediately available, and no appropriate shelter beds are available, HPRP assistance may be used to pay for reasonable and appropriate hotel or motel vouchers. These vouchers may be provided for no more than 30 days.

2) Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services

Eligible program participants may receive up to 18 months of housing relocation and stabilization services. Eligible activities include the following:

  • Case Management. Eligible case management services include those specifically related to the arrangement, coordination, monitoring, and delivery of services designed to meet the housing needs of participants and to help participants achieve housing stability.
  • Outreach and Engagement. Outreach and engagement services include those designed to make eligible clients aware of HPRP services.
  • Housing Search and Placement. Housing search and placement services may include tenant counseling, assisting individuals and families in understanding leases, securing utilities, making moving arrangements, representative payee services concerning rent and utilities, and mediation and outreach to property owners related to locating or retaining housing.
  • Legal Services. Legal Services are limited to services or activities provided by a lawyer or other person(s) under the supervision of a lawyer to assist program participants with legal advice and representation in administrative or court proceedings related to tenant/landlord matters or housing issues.
  • Credit Repair. Eligible credit repair services include activities such as helping clients develop a household budget, access credit reports, negotiate with banks, etc. It does not include paying down consumer debt.

3) Data Collection and Evaluation

HPRP funds may be used for appropriate and reasonable costs associated with data collection and reporting through the use of Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) or a comparable client-level database. Eligible costs include the purchase of HMIS software and/or user licenses; leasing or purchasing needed computer equipment for providers and the central server; costs associated with data collection, entry, and analysis; and staffing associated with the operation of HMIS, including training. Grantees and subgrantees participating in HUD-sponsored research and evaluation of HPRP may also use HPRP funds for costs incurred as a result of their participation in that research.

4) Administrative Costs

Eligible administrative costs include those associated with accounting for the use of HPRP funds, preparing reports for submission to HUD, obtaining program audits, and other costs related to administering the grant, as well as grantee and subgrantee staff salaries associated with these administrative costs. Administrative costs are capped at 5 percent of the total award. Note that administrative expenses (e.g., salaries, equipment, supplies) associated with one of the other three eligible activities must be charged directly to that activity.

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Grant Size and Duration

HPRP funds were allocated in spring 2009 with a three-year grant term. Grantees are required to expend 100 percent of their funds within three years of the date HUD signed the grant agreement.

Requirements and Responsibilities

Grantees are responsible for ensuring that HPRP amounts are administered in accordance with the requirements of the Notice and other applicable laws. Each grantee is responsible for ensuring that its subgrantees carry out the HPRP eligible activities in compliance with all applicable requirements.

Schedule/Process

HPRP is a new program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and includes a one-time allocation of $1.5 billion for homelessness prevention activities. Funds were allocated using the formula used for the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program. (HPRP Fund Formula Allocations are available here.) Each HPRP eligible grantee was required to submit a substantial amendment to its Consolidated Plan 2008 Action Plan by May 18, 2009, outlining its plan for the distribution and administration of its funds.

HUD executed all grant agreements in September 2009 and grantees were required to obligate 100 percent of funds no later than September 30, 2009. Grantees are required to expend at least 60 percent of grant funds within two years of the date HUD signed the grant agreement, and 100 percent of grant funds within three years of the date HUD signed the grant agreement. Grantees have up to 90 days after the three-year expenditure deadline to draw down funds for eligible costs incurred during the final quarter of program administration.

Additional Information

For more detailed information about HPRP, please visit the following sources:

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