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									Public Meeting: April 1, 2009
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Funds (HPRP)

Allocations
Nationwide: 1.5 Billion Statewide: $22,157,468 City of Asheville: $509,460

Best Practice: Housing Stabilization
Our existing system –
1. 2. Experience housing crisis Move from system to system seeking support Lose Housing Enter Emergency Shelter Address barriers to housing while in the shelter or transitional housing.
Family Supports Substance Abuse Employment Education Emergency Shelter Day Care

Mental health

3. 4. 5.

Best Practice: Housing Stabilization
An Emerging Approach –
1. 2. 3. Experience Housing Crisis Reach out for support Providers assess for housing risk and make referral to housing stabilization services Based on client need, appropriate housing services are provided. Client may need to stay at a shelter while receiving housing stabilization services.
Employment Education Emergency Shelter Day Care

Mental health

Housing Stabilization

4. 5.

Substance Abuse

Family Supports

Best Practice: Accessing Housing Support

Prevention

Diversion

Rapid Re-housing

Best Practice: Prevention
Purpose: To prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless. Stabilize
the current housing situation, seek alternative if that is not possible. becoming homeless.

Eligible Population: Housed individuals and families at high risk of Common Activities: Flexible financial assistance, case management,
housing location, short-term rental assistance.

Length of Assistance: One-time or short term (up to three months) Housing Issues: Housed individuals and families often do not know where to
seek help or have trouble navigating the system. An outreach component ensures that high-risk persons are offered assistance before they become homeless. This way, resources serve more people while preventing episodes of homelessness.

Best Practice: Diversion
Purpose: Diversion programs attempt to prevent homelessness for people using
the shelter by helping people return to their prior living situation if appropriate and safe. If not, new housing is sought. immediate housing crisis (imminently homeless)

Eligible Population: Individuals and families seeking shelter with an Common Activities: Flexible financial assistance, case management, family
unification, housing location, and short-term rental assistance

Length of Assistance: Short-term (up to three months) Housing Issues: Diversion should not prevent entry into shelter for people

who are homeless, but a focus should be on avoiding shelter entry. They may need the shelter to stay in while negotiating with their landlord or finding a family member or friend to stay with, for example.

Best Practice: Rapid Re-Housing
Purpose: Rapid Re-Housing works with individuals and families who are currently
staying in a shelter, moving them as quickly into housing as possible

Eligible Population: Individuals and families who are currently experiencing
homelessness.

Common Activities: Flexible financial assistance, case management,
housing location, assistance, and coordination with other community resources.

Length of Assistance: Short-term or medium-term (up to 18 months) Housing Issues: Rapid re-housing programs must coordinate with other
community resources to ensure that participants are linked to ongoing services, such as housing vouchers or intensive case management.

A new HUD Program: HPRP
Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program Goals:
Prevent individuals and families who are currently in housing but at risk of becoming homeless and need assistance to move to another unit. Rapidly Re-House individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness (residing in emergency or transitional shelters, or on the streets) and need temporary assistance in order to obtain and maintain housing.

Total amount allocated: $509,460
At least 60% of the funds must be spent in first two years, 100% in three years. Funds managed by City of Asheville’s Community Development Division. Sub-Grantee(s) will be selected to implement HPRP Program.

Eligible Activities
Financial Assistance
Rental Assistance (3-18 months, up to 6 month arrears) Security and Utility Deposits Utility Payments Moving Cost Assistance

Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services
Case Management Outreach and Engagement Housing Search and Placement Legal Services Credit Repair

Eligible Activities
Outreach & Engagement
Inform community about HPRP program

Data Collection & Evaluation
Use HMIS Comply with evaluation requests from HUD

Program Participant Requirements
Initial consultation w/housing specialist to determine appropriate type of assistance. Household (individual or family) must be at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) Households must either be homeless or at risk of losing housing

Examples of Risk Factors
Extremely low income (less than 30% of Area Median Income) Sudden and significant loss of income or increase in utility costs Greater than 50% of income going to housing costs Residency in housing that has been condemned Discharge from an institution, past institutional care Mental health or substance abuse issues Physical disabilities or other chronic health issues Current or past involvement with child welfare, including foster care Experienced prior episodes of homelessness Young head of household (under 25 with children or pregnant)

Establishing Need
HPRP programs are responsible for verifying and documenting household’s risk of homelessness. HPRP programs need to evaluate and certify the eligibility of program participants at least once every three months If households need intensive supportive services or long-term rental assistance, they should be linked to other appropriate services.

Ineligible Activities
Expenses that can be covered through other resources (child care, employment training) Mortgage Costs Construction or Rehabilitation Credit Card Bills or other consumer debt Car repair or transportation costs Travel costs, food, medical or dental care, clothing, home furnishings, pet care, work/education materials Cash Assistance

Discharge Coordination
Persons who are being imminently discharged into homelessness from publicly funded institutions are eligible to receive financial assistance or services through HPRP as long as they meet minimum requirements of eligibility.

Grantees must develop and implement appropriate discharge planning policies
Development and updating of policy is not an eligible expense

TIMELINE & PROCESS
March 19th : HUD Releases HPRP Guidelines April 8th: HUD Webcast dedicated to HPRP

May 18th: Grantee applications due to HUD
July 2nd: HUD approves/denies applications

September 30th: All grant agreements signed

April, 2009
April 14th: Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee reviews HPRP process. April 22nd: Asheville Housing and Community Development Committee reviews & approves HPRP Substantial Amendment/HUD Application April 29th: Public comment period on HPRP Substantial Amendment/HUD Application opens

May, 2009
May 12th: Public hearing on HPRP Substantial Amendment/HUD Application May 12th: City Council approves the HPRP Substantial Amendment/HUD Application

July 2nd - September 30th
July 10th: Public meeting to present HPRP Sub-Grantee Process July 10th-September 9th: HPRP Sub-Grantee(s) Assigned

September 9th: City Council approves HPRP Sub-Grantee(s) & Funding Plan
September 30th: All grant agreements signed

Resources
North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness: www.ncceh.org/2009homelessprevention National Alliance to End Homelessness: www.endhomelessness.org HUD Homeless Resources Exchange: www.hudhre.info

Other Recovery & Reinvestment Funds

North Carolina: http://www.ncrecovery.gov/ City of Asheville:
http://www.ashevillenc.gov/recovery/default.aspx?id=15340

QUESTIONS?
Amy Sawyer Homelesss Initiative Coordinator City of Asheville
828.259.5851 asawyer@ashevillenc.gov


								
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