Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which includes a one-time $1.5 billion appropriation for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). States were allocated money on a formula basis and directed to fund agencies statewide to address the issues of homelessness. In Utah, HPRP funds are distributed through the State of Utah- Department of Community and Culture- State Community Services Office (SCSO). Thirteen agencies throughout Utah received HPRP funding for the grant period of September 30, 2009- September 30, 2012.
HPRP provides financial assistance and services to either prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or to help those who are experiencing homelessness- many due to the current economic crisis – to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The assistance focuses on housing stabilization, linking program participants to community resources and mainstream benefits, and helping them develop a plan for preventing future housing instability. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for assistance.
In addition to preventing homelessness, HPRP will meet HUD’s overriding goal of creating and preserving jobs. Many individuals and families who benefit from this program will be able to concentrate efforts on re-entering the workforce and attaining self-sufficiency, thereby producing economic activity and enhancing the number of jobs created/saved.