HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Reg. VI 10-82
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974 / (817) 681-9741
For Release
December 10, 2010

New Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program has helped 750,000 Americans so far

FORT WORTH - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that, to date, homelessness for nearly 60,000 Texans 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 Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs assisted the largest number of people, 28,775, through
subgrants of its grant to 58 community organizations throughout the State. A chart listing the grantees and
numbers helped 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. In Texas,
the breakdown of persons assisted is as follows:

Amarillo 1,357
Arlington 474
Austin HPRP 1,172
Beaumont 358
Bexar Co. 532
Brazoria Co. 1,361
Brownsville 933
Corpus Christi 1,926
Dallas 4,440
Dallas Co. 271
El Paso, Texas 3,000
Fort Bend Co. Texas 433
Fort Worth 737
Galveston 216
Garland, Texas 400
The Grand Prairie 889
Harris Co. Community Services Department 863
Hidalgo Co. 1,256
Houston 2,254
Irving, Texas 466
LAREDO, TX 1,123
Lubbock 507
McAllen 264
Montgomery Co. 265
Pasadena, Texas 366
Plano, TX 312
PortArthur 126
San Antonio 3,191
Tarrant Co. 470
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs 28,775
Waco/McLennan Co. CoC 212
Homeward bound Homeless Coalition 189
TX Total 59,138


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