Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP)


In February 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which appropriated $1.5 billion for a Homelessness Prevention Fund.   The authorizing legislation subsequently created the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program (HPRP).   Jurisdictions that already were entitlement communities receiving Emergency Shelter Grant funding would receive an allocation or HPRP funding. Washington County's portion of the HPRP funding is $824,990 to be expended over the course of three years (or sooner, depending on the need in the local jurisdiction).  The impetus behind the federal allocation of funding is to serve those persons, who because of the current economic crisis, are experiencing significant losses in income and have lost their housing or are at imminent risk of losing their housing.  

The HPRP allocation was based on a formula for the current Emergency Shelter Grant program.  But where the ESG program is mainly focused on shelter and prevention services, the HPRP is focused on financial assistance and services that can quickly re-house people who are homeless or prevent people from falling into homelessness.  Like the Emergency Shelter Grant, the HPRP will be administered by the County's Office of Community Development (OCD).

For more information on program development, please click on the links below.