HUD’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) has so far prevented or ended homelessness for 750,000 Americans—including 6,773 Coloradans—according to department secretary Shaun Donovan. The Program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provided $1.5 billion to local communities to keep families in their homes or help them find other affordable housing amidst sudden financial crisis.
HPRP grants offer communities a resource to provide short- and medium-term rental assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or to quickly re-house those who are experiencing homelessness. The program’s stated goal is to increase housing stability for those individuals and families served with HPRP assistance.
To date, the Program has helped 6773 Coloradans avoid homelessness, either through prevention services or rapid relocation. Grants have been awarded to the city of Adams, the city of Aurora, Colorado Division of Housing, Colorado Springs Housing Development, Denver Department of Human Services, and Pueblo Municipal Corporation.
HUD’s statistics come from its own Homeless Management Information System, in which each grantee is required to participate. Client-level data is entered and collected on the households served through HPRP on a quarterly basis. Grantees provide HUD with an unduplicated count of persons and households served, as well as whether each household exited the program to stable housing.