Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program

The Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program, like some of the other entries in the Solutions Database, has been detailed extensively by USICH's partners. Below is a short abstract of the solution, with encouragement to access our partner's resources for a fuller description of implementation tips and outcomes and results.


Hennepin County, Minnesota, has operated a homelessness prevention program since the State Legislature established the Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) in 1993. In 2010, the County decided to evaluate administrative data from the program to make sure that it was providing prevention funds to families that would actually have become homeless without them. The County’s assessment provides a relatively inexpensive, simple model for other communities to use to evaluate their own prevention assistance efforts.

This summary, prepared in January 2011 by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, describes the county’s approach:

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Promising Practice: Homelessness Prevention