Homelessness, Recession Examined in Quarterly Report of the Federal Homelessness Prevention Program

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Press Releases | March 1, 2010

March 2, 2010

Contact: Catherine An
202-942-8297, can@naeh.org

Homelessness, Recession Examined in Quarterly Report of the
Federal Homelessness Prevention Program

From October to December 2009, the federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program has saved or created 505 jobs in 11 communities

Washington, DC – In an effort to gauge the relationship between the recession and homelessness – and, more specifically, to evaluate the effect of the federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) – the Alliance is coordinating with 11 communities across the United States to examine program progress. From data and reports collected from the 11 communities, the Alliance will produce quarterly reports on the progress of the federal homelessness program and the state of homelessness in the country.

The first of those quarterly reports - which reflects data collected from 7 of the 11 communities - is released today.

The report examines five major elements on the local prevention and rapid re-housing programs, funded by federal HPRP dollars:

  • Homeless population,
  • Jobs created and/or saved,
  • Program emphasis (dollars allocated to prevention vs. rapid re-housing),
  • Prevention progress, and
  • Rapid re-housing progress.

Seven of the 11 communities have used HPRP funds to create or save 505 full-time jobs and spent $10.4 million, or just over 6 percent of their total grant allocations.

"Amidst the noise questioning the effectiveness of the federal stimulus program, this report shows the progress made by the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program," said Nan Roman. "In an economic climate that has been devastating for our country’s most vulnerable residents, this program has provided critical prevention and re-housing services proven as best practices to end homelessness. Moreover, the program has shown to create and save jobs, spurring the American economy toward stability and growth."

The report is based on the data submitted to the federal government for October to December 2009. The report includes data from Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Houston/Harris County, TX; Miami-Dade, FL; Minneapolis/Hennepin County, MN; New York, NY: Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. In reports to follow, the Alliance expects to increase the number of participating communities. The next report is expected to be released in April 2010.

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