HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Reg. VI 10-80
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974 / (817) 681-9741
For Release
December 9, 2010

New Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program has helped 750,000 Americans to date

LITTLE ROCK - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that, to
date, homelessness for 5206 Arkansans was prevented or ended, thanks to HUD's Homelessness Prevention and
Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP)
, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

In Arkansas, the Arkansas Dept of Human Services, which serves 75 counties, assisted the largest number of people, 4,810. A chart of all grantees and numbers served follows.

Nationally, the program provided $1.5 billion to local communities across the county, and so far has kept 750,000 Americans in their homes or has helped them find other affordable housing after a sudden financial crisis, which
might have otherwise led to homelessness.

"Preventing or ending homelessness for over 750,000 Americans is a major milestone for the Recovery Act and for
the Obama Administration's Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness," said Secretary Donovan.
"Often times, a little bit of financial assistance can make all the difference between finding or keeping a stable home and being forced to live in a shelter or on the streets."

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. Grants provided under HPRP are not intended to provide long-term support for individuals and families, nor do they provide mortgage assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure. Rather, HPRP offers short- and medium-term financial assistance and services to those who would otherwise become homeless, and those who are already
in homeless shelters or living on the street, many due to sudden economic crisis. This can include short-term rental assistance (up to three months), medium-term rental assistance (up to 18 months), security deposits, utility
deposits and/or utility payments, moving cost assistance, and hotel vouchers. The goal of the program is to prevent individuals and families from falling into permanent homelessness.

Arkansas Department of Human Services 3,089 1,729 4,810
City of Little Rock 303 93 396
AR Total 5,206


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