Today, HUD celebrates a milestone in a program aimed at filling one of a family’s most basic needs amid financial trouble: a safe place to call home. At today’s meeting of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Secretary Donovan announced that the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program, a $1.5 billion initiative funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has prevented or ended homelessness for one million Americans.
Since 2009, HPRP has helped communities keep families in their homes and quickly find places to live for those already in shelters or on the streets. HPRP gives equips local grantees with the tools they need to make a difference for families in a pinch – tools like short- and medium-term rental assistance, help with security deposits and utility payments, legal services, and case management. The program isn’t geared toward long-term assistance or foreclosure prevention. Instead, HPRP is all about that little extra – the little extra that, as the Secretary has stated, “can make all the difference between finding or keeping a stable home and being forced to live in a shelter or on the streets.”
A robust economic recovery for America starts at home – and HPRP has ensured that one million Americans still have one. Click here to read the full press release.