Wednesday, August 26, 2009

DOLA Announces State's plan for the $8 million in homeslessness prevention and rapid re-housing funds approved by HUD.

DOLA Announces State's plan for the $8 million in homeslessness prevention and rapid re-housing funds approved by HUD.

DENVER -- Susan Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, has announced the state's plan for administering more than $8M through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) has been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With approval from HUD, Colorado can proceed with allocating $8,154,036 for state competitive grants.

"These funds will help lead Colorado forward through vital housing and rental assistance," Kirkpatrick said. "This is an important supplement to our efforts to assist Coloradans in need of short and medium-term rental assistance during these challenging times."

The HPRP funds, administered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), will be awarded to one administrator (subcontractor) in each of the three Continua of Care (CoC) regions in the state. Those three Continua of Care regions are Denver Metro, Pikes Peak and the remainder of the state.

Kikrpatrick added, "Helping Coloradans with access to affordable, decent housing is a goal of our department. These HPRP dollars can make a difference in the lives of people facing some very urgent circumstances in their housing situation. We're pleased to be charged with administering these funds to help strengthen Colorado.

The subcontractors selected to administer the funds will work in their respective Continuum of Care region to design and implement a process that networks homeless service providers, housing authorities and other nonprofit agencies to implement HPRP.

These local nonprofit entities will be under the management of the designated CoC subcontractor and will use these dollars to target HPRP resources to homeless or at-risk households for:

(1) financial assistance (including short-term rental assistance, medium-term rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and motel or hotel vouchers); or, (2) housing relocation and stabilization services (including case management, outreach, housing search and placement, legal services, mediation, and credit repair).

For program information, contact:

Lynn Shine, Division of Housing
303-866-2046
lynn.shine@state.co.us

Shannon Picaso, Division of Housing
303-866-5306
shannon.picaso@state.co.us