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December 8, 2010
RECOVERY ACT FUNDS HELP MORE THAN 10,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN ALASKA, IDAHO, OREGON & WASHINGTON STATE AVOID OR END HOMELESSNESS
SEATTLE - Twenty state and local governments and their non-profit partners in have distributed U.S. Department
and Housing and Urban Development funds provided by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009
to help , through December 2nd, 26,722 people - or more than 10,000 households - in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state avoid or end homelessness.
The funds were provided under ARRA's Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) to keep families in their homes or help them find other affordable housing after a sudden financial crisis, which might have otherwise led to homelessness. Nationally, more than 750,000 people have been aided by HPRP funds.
"Times are tough for lots of families across the Northwest," said HUD's Northwest Regional Administrator Mary
McBride. "Fortunately, these Recovery Act funds have helped shoo the wolf away from the doors of thousands of families. 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. It's a modest investment in their futures and,
thus, in the future of our country."
The number of Northwest residents assisted to date is detailed below, by jurisdiction. Please note that "persons served through prevention" are people currently in housing who, without assistance, would be homeless while
"persons served through housing" are people who currently are homeless and are "rapidly re-housed" with the assistance.