Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program

The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) was authorized in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), providing a one-time appropriation of $1.5 billion. 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). The HPRP program ended on September 30, 2012. At the close of the program, 1.3 million people were prevented from falling into homelessness or rapidly re-housed through HPRP-funded grant programs in cities across the country. For more detailed information on funded HPRP programs and their outcomes and successes, visit HPRP's page at HUD HRE.

Grantees were eligible in four different activities:

  1. Financial Assistance.  Under the Financial Assistance category, there are six eligible costs types:  rental assistance/arrears, utility assistance/arrears, security deposits, utility deposits, moving cost assistance, and hotel/motel vouchers.  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.
  2. Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services.  Eligible program participants may receive up to 18 months of housing relocation and stabilization services.  Eligible activities include case management, outreach and engagement, housing search and placement, legal services, and credit repair.
  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.
  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.

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