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HUD Reg. VI 10-84
Patricia Campbell
(817) 681-9741
For Release
Thursday
December 16, 2010

HUD ANNOUNCES THAT RECOVERY ACT FUNDING HAS PREVENTED OR
ENDED HOMELESSNESS FOR MORE THAN 8,000 IN OKLAHOMA TO DATE
New Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program has helped 750,000 Americans so far

OKLAHOMA CITY - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that, to date, homelessness for nearly 8028 persons in Oklahoma 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. The Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce assisted the largest number of people, 4782, through subgrants of its HUD grant to 20 community non-profit organizations throughout the State.

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. In Oklahoma, the breakdown of persons assisted is as follows:

Oklahoma Department of Commerce
4,782
Oklahoma City
496
Tulsa City and Co. Coc
2,583
Tulsa Co.
167
OK Total
8,028

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HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

 

 
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