No HPRP? What now?

written by Sharon McDonald
April 1, 2013

Many communities are feeling the loss of Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) resources. The resources may be gone, but the demand remains high. It may be tempting to revert to doing what we did before HPRP, but that would be a mistake.

When families don’t receive assistance to escape homelessness, emergency shelter programs swell, straining the community’s shelter capacity. Communities that are unable to expand shelter capacity instead expand their shelter waitlist, leaving families in tenuous and sometimes dangerous situations.

That’s why investing in rapid re-housing makes sense. Rapid Re-housing helps families avoid lengthy stays in shelters and reduces the need for communities to expand shelter capacity or shelter waitlists. Now that HPRP resources are gone, how can we make rapid re-housing happen? Certainly one approach is for communities to be much more strategic about how they allocate their limited resources.

Another strategy is to develop new partnerships.  Some innovative communities have already shown how much we can accomplish when homeless service providers partner up with state agencies administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

This Thursday, the National Alliance to End Homelessness hosted a webinar, Partnering with TANF Agencies to End Family Homelessness:  Idaho, that examined how one local provider did just that.  

The webinar which was recorded on March 28 features representatives from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Charitable Assistance for The Community’s Homeless (CATCH, Inc.) who share how the public-private partnership evolved.  

Check out the embedded video of the webinar below to see how.