77th Annual Meeting

ENDORSING THE NEW FEDERAL HOMELESS PREVENTION AND RAPID RE-HOUSING PROGRAM AS A KEY STRATEGY IN ENDING HOMELESSNESS

WHEREAS, President Barack Obama and the Congress approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes $1.5 billion for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP); and

WHEREAS, Funding for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program allocated to states, cities, and counties dramatically expands prevention and housing resources for those who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in order to pay rent, make security deposits, pay utility bills, and cover other housing expenses; and

WHEREAS, Research has shown that preventing homelessness and shortening the length of time a person is homeless has emotional, physical, and economic benefits for the individual or family and also reduces community economic impact; and

WHEREAS, Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program assistance will go to households at risk of homelessness or those who have fallen into the human tragedy of homelessness- many due to the economic crisis "double trouble" of the mortgage/ foreclosure crisis and job loss; and

WHEREAS, HPRP funds target: 1) individuals and families who are currently in housing but are at risk of becoming homeless and need temporary rent or utility assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless or assistance to move to another unit (prevention), and 2) individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness (residing in emergency or transitional shelters or on the street) and need temporary assistance in order to obtain housing and retain it (rapid re-housing); and

WHEREAS, HPRP will provide for a variety of stabilization supports, including: short-term or medium-term rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services, including such activities as mediation, security or utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and case management; and

WHEREAS, These new recovery resources represent funds that will invest formula-driven allocations into locally-designed HPRP plans and strategies to meet the most pressing local needs for temporary financial assistance and stable housing for persons who are homeless or at risk and thus represent new resources to invest in alignment with the goals and resources of jurisdictional 10 Year Plans to end homelessness; and

WHEREAS, Cities are utilizing data and research to identify families at the greatest risk of becoming homeless and are able to target outreach and assistance to these at-risk families to prevent their homelessness and the new HPRP data will provide important insights into prevention strategies and rapid rehousing outcomes; and

WHEREAS, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has brought together 20 federal agencies, 53 governors of states and territories, and over 1,000 elected officials through over 350 Ten Year Plans to End Homelessness with support and assistance to Mayors to innovate engagement strategies and one-stop models to expand access and expedite outcomes for homeless and at risk families and individuals, including for Veterans and youth and encourages the investment of HPRP in Ten Year Plan goals and through the adoption of field tested, evidence based innovations to concentrate and focus available resources through strategies including one-stop centers; and

WHEREAS, Twenty-three new sites for a national Rapid Re-Housing for Families Demonstration Program were selected as part of the HUD Homeless Assistance Grants program to serve homeless households with dependent children who are residing on the street or in emergency shelters; and

WHEREAS, Family Rapid Re-Housing pilot initiative awards went to these USCM member cities based on proven experience in providing Rapid Re-Housing, a record of performance, and geographic diversity: San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Dayton, OH; Denver, CO; Columbus, OH; Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA; Cincinnati, OH; Portland, OH; Orlando, FL; Richmond, CA; Lancaster, PA; Madison, WI; Phoenix, AZ; Austin, TX; Kalamazoo, MI; Trenton, NJ; Anchorage, AK; Overland Park/Shawnee, KS; and Pittsburgh/McKeesport/Penn Hills, PA; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, These new local demonstration programs will offer new evidence of "what works" to end homelessness, and to prevent homelessness among those facing a sudden economic crisis; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Mayors are committed to ensure Recovery Act activities are coordinated with local and regional Ten Year Plans to End Homelessness encouraged by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the resources of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program directed to jurisdictional officials are an important new asset to jurisdictionally led Ten Year Plan homelessness prevention strategies, including best practices that include coordinated entry, prevention, rapid re-housing, coordinated and tailored services, and linkages to economic opportunities, as well as assure public resources are used as effectively as possible to serve homeless families and those at risk of becoming homeless; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors endorses the Recovery Act as an important investment in assisting individuals and families at risk of homelessness and need temporary financial aid and individuals and families who are homeless and need financial assistance to secure and retain housing rapidly.