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Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
(Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. The Recovery Act authorized a $1.5 billion Homeless Prevention Fund.
The Homelessness Prevention Fund will be administered at the Federal level by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Homeless Prevention funds are expected to be granted on or before September 1, 2009 to Cuyahoga County and the cities of Cleveland, Lakewood and Cleveland Heights.
Homelessness Prevention Fund Recipients
|City of Cleveland
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HUD Releases HPRP Regulations
On March 19, 2009 HUD released regulations
governing implementation of the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). This 59-page document includes extensive detail on program requirements. Important points include:
- Mortgage assistance / rescue will not be available through this program. Homeowners seeking assistance with their mortgage should review information posted at www.financialstability.gov;
- The purpose of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) is to provide homelessness prevention assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless—many due to the economic crisis—and to provide assistance to rapidly re-house persons who are homeless as defined by Federal law and HUD guidelines. HUD expects that these resources will be targeted and prioritized to serve households that are most in need of this temporary assistance and are most likely to achieve stable housing, whether subsidized or unsubsidized, after the program concludes;
- The funds under this program are intended to target two populations of persons facing housing instability: 1) individuals and families who are currently in housing but are at risk of becoming homeless and need temporary rent or utility assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless or assistance to move to another unit (prevention), and 2) individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness (residing in emergency or transitional shelters or on the street) and need temporary assistance in order to obtain housing and retain it (rapid re-housing);
- Financial assistance to individuals and families will be prescribed by implementing local agencies, but by regulation is limited to short-medium term rental assistance which can include security and utility deposits, rent subsidies, assistance with utility bills, moving costs, and hotel/motel vouchers necessary to meet emergency needs for potentially eligible individuals and families.
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