HPRP Requirements

The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) provided homelessness prevention assistance to households that would otherwise become homeless, and provided rapid re-housing assistance to persons who are homeless as defined by section 103 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302).

The HPRP Program ended nationwide on September 30, 2012. HPRP funds are no longer available.

Eligible Beneficiaries

HPRP provided assistance to individuals and families. In order to be eligible for assistance through HPRP, the individual or family needed to demonstrate that they would be homeless "but for" the assistance, and must demonstrate and document that they meet the following minimum criteria:

  • At least an initial consultation with a case manager or other authorized representative who can determine the appropriate type of assistance to meet their needs;
  • The household must be at or below 50 percent of Area Median Income (AMI)
  • The household must be either homeless or at risk of losing its housing and meeting both of the following circumstances:
    1. No appropriate subsequent housing options have been identified; and
    2. The household lacks the financial resources and support networks needed to obtain immediate housing or remain in its existing housing.

Eligible Applicants

HPRP funds, totaling $1.5 billion, were awarded on a formula basis to cities, counties, states, and territories, who could subgrant it to private non-profit organizations and units of general purpose local government. HPRP assistance was not provided directly to individuals.

Eligible Activities

Grantees could use HPRP funds for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing assistance.  Under HPRP, there were four primary eligible activities: (1) Financial Assistance; (2) Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services; (3) Data Collection and Evaluation; and (4) Administrative Costs.

Grant Size and Duration

HPRP funds were awarded to each grantee between May and September 2009. Grantees were required to expend 100 percent of their funds within three years of the date HUD signed the grant agreement.

Requirements and Responsibilities

HPRP was a program funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and included a one-time allocation of $1.5 billion for homelessness prevention activities. Funds were allocated using the formula used for the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program. Each HPRP eligible grantee was required to submit a substantial amendment to its Consolidated Plan 2008 Action Plan by May 18, 2009, outlining its plan for the distribution and administration of its funds.

HUD executed all grant agreements by September 2009 and grantees were required to obligate 100 percent of funds no later than September 30, 2009. Grantees were required to expend at least 60 percent of grant funds within two years of the date HUD signed the grant agreement, and 100 percent of grant funds within three years of the date HUD signed the grant agreement. Grantees had up to 90 days after the three-year expenditure deadline to draw down funds for eligible costs incurred during the grant period.

Grantees were responsible for ensuring that HPRP amounts were administered in accordance with the requirements of the Notice and other applicable laws. Each grantee was responsible for ensuring that its subgrantees carry out the HPRP eligible activities in compliance with all applicable requirements.