The City of Evansville has been allocated $1,217,598 in Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which President Obama signed on February 17, 2009. These funds were distributed based on the formula used for the Emergency Shelter Grants program. Read news release regarding allocation of these and other funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Word format).
The City of Evansville developed a plan to utilize HPRP funds based on the "Notice of Allocations, Application Procedures, and Requirements for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program Grantees under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" released on March 19, 2009.
As of October 1, 2009, $50,000 has been awarded to Aurora, Inc., which has been contracted to administer this program. Aurora provides services and acts as an advocate to bring an end to homelessness in our community. Aurora will sub-grant HPRP funds to provide short-term rental assistance and services to families or individuals who become homeless or to prevent homelessness in the first place. The HPRP is not intended to provide long-term support for individuals or families, nor will it provide mortgage assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure.
People who are interested in the HPRP must first determine if they are eligible. One way is to fill out a pre-screen survey online at www.indianahousingoptions.org. Persons without Internet access should call Aurora at (812) 401-6903. For general program eligibility guidelines, click here.
Once deemed eligible for the HPRP, a client will be assigned to a caseworker. The caseworker will determine a client’s needs, which may include short-term rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits and/or utility payments, moving cost assistance and hotel vouchers. HPRP payments will not go directly to households; instead they will be given to third parties such as landlords and utility companies. For more information call (812) 401-6903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HPRP funds have resulted in the creation of three (3) jobs: One (1) full-time homelessness prevention coordinator and two (2) full-time case coordinators.
Key target dates related to HPRP Funds are as follows:
|Funding notice published by HUD; City of Evansville allocated $1,217,598
|State-wide Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Summit
|City of Evansville "Substantial Amendment to the Consolidated Plan 2008 Action Plan for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP)" Submitted for Discussion and Endorsement by City of Evansville-Vanderburgh County Commission on Homelessness
|Finance Ordinance Filed with City Clerk's Office
|Required Public Comment Period (12 Days)
||04/23/09 - 05/05/09
|First Reading of Substantial Amendment by City Council
|Final Reading and Approval of Substantial Amendment by City Council
|Substantial Amendment Due to HUD
|Deadline for HUD Review to be Complete
|Resubmissions Due to HUD (if needed)
||15 Days After Notification
|Deadline for Grant Agreements to be Executed
|Deadline for Subgrantee Agreements to be Signed
|60% of Allocation Must Be Spent
||Within 2 Years of Grant Execution (when HUD signs Grant Agreement)
|100% of Allocation Must Be Spent
||Within 3 Years of Grant Execution (when HUD signs Grant Agreement)
For more information about the City of Evansville's efforts related to the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program and expenditure of HPRP-related ARRA funds, please contact:
Community Development Specialist
Department of Metropolitan Development
306 Civic Center Complex
One N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47708
For more information on the HPRP in general, please visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Develpment Website.
This page/section will be updated as additional information becomes available
Updated October 20, 2009