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HPRP Youth Program Profiles: Urban Peak
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Solutions Brief | September 21, 2010
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Urban Peak of Colorado has programs for homeless and at-risk youth in Denver and Colorado Springs. Their services include emergency shelter, street outreach, a variety of housing programs, education and employment services,
The rental assistance is determined by a scoring tool and can range from 3 to 18 months. Eligible clients pay 30 percent of their income and the most common type of assistance is a graduating subsidy. HPRP funds motel vouchers while applicants are finding safe and affordable housing, moving assistance, legal assistance, and rental or utility arrears. HPRP clients are also eligible for Urban Peak’s other supportive services such as workforce development or employment assistance.
Urban Peak also collaborates with a number of other community providers in the delivery of HPRP as well as in Urban Peak’s other services. These partnerships enhance the depth of services available to HPRP clients while easing the burden on the HPRP case manager.
The CCH determined the HPRP program’s eligibility rules, which include a rent matching requirement. This structure poses some challenges. In particular, the rent matching requirement is very challenging because of the tight employment market. Many Urban Peak clients can’t find work while others are under-employed and have difficulty paying their portion of the rent or having enough income at intake to be eligible for assistance.
The contract with CCH also emphasizes eviction prevention. Because of this Urban Peak is unable to serve couch surfing youth who are not on their own lease.
Despite some of the limitations posed by program requirements and external factors, Urban Peak’s HPRP program has filled a critical gap in services for the at-risk and homeless youth of Denver.