QUALITY OF LIFE
$3.3 Million Grant for Homeless Prevention
Homeless Prevention-Rapid Placement Program (HPRP)
The City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development received a three-year grant through the Federal Stimulus Program for $3.3 million. The Homeless Prevention-Rapid Placement Program (HPRP) is funded through HUD and enables homeless persons (single men, women, youth, and families) to relocate from existing emergency shelters and transitional living centers into more permanent housing (multi-family apartments). HPRP will assist those eligible persons/families with rental assistance, security deposits, and utility deposits/assistance for up to twelve months. Since the City of El Paso does not run shelters or have caseworkers a partnership has been established with the El Paso County, TVP Non-profit Corporation and the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless.
According to the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless, there are about 1,400 homeless people in El Paso, about 200 live on the streets and the rest live in local shelters. The importance of this grant is that it targets people who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless. It can also help homeless individuals improve their quality-of-life by assisting them in getting their own place to live.
The El Paso County received $2.1 million of the grant to run a homeless prevention program. This program provides emergency assistance for recipients until they no longer need the help. Examples:
Low-income individuals and families who are facing eviction can get their rent and utilities paid for in full for three months and have those bills partly paid for 15 more months.
May cover back-rent and utilities for three months.
Must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or qualified aliens.
You must not make more than 50 percent of the Area’s Median Income.
Single person cannot earn more than $15,950
Family of four cannot earn more than $22,800
The household must be either homeless (for rapid re-housing assistance) OR at risk of losing its housing (for homelessness prevention assistance); AND meet both of the following circumstances:
No appropriate subsequent housing options have been identified;
The household lacks the financial resources and support networks needed to obtain immediate housing or remain in its existing housing.
NOTE: People with mortgages are NOT eligible under this program.
If eligible, the client will be issued an assistance verification card and it will take approximately 20 working days for an assistance payment to be processed. TVP Non-Profit Corporation received $1 million of the grant to assist homeless people take the final step and move into affordable apartments or rental housing. Examples:
Assist an individual/family that qualifies pay 100 percent of rent for three months and pay part of the rent for an additional nine months, depending on a family’s or individual’s needs.
Assist to pay for a security deposit and three months of back rent and owed utilities. Note: It WILL NOT pay for utilities once the individual or family moves into permanent housing.
The El Paso Coalition for the Homelessreceived $132,000 of the grant to track results of the program and make quarterly reports to the federal government.
How to apply:
Those needing assistance in paying their rent and utilities can apply at any of the three County Offices:
800 E. Overland, Suite 301
9521 Socorro Road, Suite B-1
4641 Cohen Ave.
Hours of Operation:
8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday
For more information call: 546-8150
Homeless individuals/families who want to move out of a shelter and into permanent housing can call TVP Non-Profit Corp. to set up an appointment at:
TVP Non-Profit Corporation 887-0899