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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Q&A: How do we properly target applicants for HPRP assistance?

A few tips include:
• People who have employment, or prospects for gaining income or employment in the next 3-6 months
• HPRP is not for people who have experienced long term homelessness and need ongoing subsidy and support services
• HPRP should divert households who are shelter bound to housing when there are simply no other alternatives
• In other words, the household would be homeless and seeking shelter without this assistance. Not might be, will be.

There is no part of the country that has the entire answer to targeting. As implementations develop and refine targeting criteria we will share it. It is import to remember that HPRP is a homelessness prevention program, not a poverty or eviction prevention program. It can not possible fill the monumental gap in our safety net for people who are poor or in economic distress. Households served must have documentation that they have been asked to leave their place of residence.

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