Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing
Program (HPRP)

HPRP Notice


As a part of the “Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
(HPRP)” under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
2009, Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) received an allocation of
$13,348,427. The funds will be distributed throughout the State to provide
short-term or medium- term financial assistance, housing relocation and
stabilization services, and data collection and evaluation to assist
individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or would be
homeless but for this assistance. MDA will distribute the funds by formula
to the three Continua of Care organizations in the State. The three Continua
of Care organizations are experienced in planning, coordinating,
implementing, and evaluating housing programs and service provision for
homeless individuals and families through the well-established Continuum
of Care process.

The Open Doors Homeless Coalition Continuum of Care will distribute the
funds, approximately $2,900,000, through Member agencies and through
other Coast agencies in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone and
George Counties through an RFP process. The funds will assist individuals
and families to quickly find housing after displacement for financial
reasons, like job loss, or will assist people in staying in homes that they
would lose if they did not receive assistance. The assistance will include
rental assistance for 1-18 months and case management services and
budget counseling to ensure long-term stability and self-sufficiency when
financial assistance ends. Results will be tracked through the
well-established Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), as
required by the Federal legislation. Results will be reported quarterly to
MDA who will report to HUD who will post the aggregate State data on the
U.S. recovery.gov website.

The HPRP funds will create at least two jobs in Biloxi and are expected to
create or preserve an additional 2 case management jobs in Biloxi, 2 case
management jobs in Gulfport and 2 case management jobs in other parts of
the Coast. The funds will assist 300-500 individuals or families to obtain
housing and/or maintain stable housing.

The Open Doors Homeless Coalition Point in Time Count, conducted January
26, 2009, indicates that there were 633 homeless citizens in shelters or
outdoors on that night, with 80% located in Biloxi or Gulfport. Many more
individuals in Biloxi and Gulfport are “doubled up” or “one paycheck away
from homelessness.” The HPRP funds will assist many of the citizens who
are most in need to achieve stability.