Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing – State Competitive

General Information
Program/Project Name: Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing – State Competitive

Funding Category: Serving the Most Vulnerable

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Competitive Program

Programs Supported Through Funding: Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (various)

Why Apply for this Grant?
The State Department of Community and Economic Development made available $1.8 million through a statewide competitive process designed to provide HPRP funds for projects serving special populations through projects up to $200k each. Non profits were required to submit through their city/county government.  Philadelphia submitted 11 applications on behalf of applicants; 4 were awarded funding in the total amount of $684,888. A total of 200 households will be served. The city is working with the awarded organizations to begin administering the grants.

Program Objectives
Use of Funds: A non-profit organization, Achieve Ability, will provide homelessness prevention services to homeless families that are working and in school. Achieve Ability will use the HPRP grant to provide financial assistance and housing stabilization for 40 single parent families, newly unemployed heads of household, including immigrants, who are also pursuing post secondary education. Funds will be provided over a 2 year period.

A non-profit organization, the Homeless Advocacy Project, will provide free legal service to the homeless as well as representation on many entitlement related issues. HAP will use the HPRP grant  to expand  the SOAR (SSI/ SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) project and serve 75 newly homeless disabled adults and disabled youth aging out of foster care. Funds will be provided over a 3 year period.

A non-profit organization, Valley Youth House, will provide social supports and services to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ). VYH will use the HPRP grant for housing start up funds and case management for 45 homeless (LGBTQ) youth. Funds will be provided over a 2 year period.

A non-profit organization, Women Against Abuse, will provide domestic violence services and housing to women and children. WAA will assist 40 families who have experienced domestic violence with housing stabilization services in order to move out of WAA’s emergency and transitional housing program and into permanent housing with the HPRP grant.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q8: 4.22

Q9: 5.03

Q10: .90

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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