HPRP Holds ARRA Workshop for Subgrantees

LITTLE ROCK - Subgrantees involved with the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program met (HPRP) met on Mon., Aug. 31, for a workshop to learn additional details about the program.

Thomas Green with the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of County Operations (DCO) led the one-day workshop. It was held at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center in Little Rock, with an audience of 45 grantees from around the state. Attendees were given information on funding, the application process, housing inspection, program design, case management, budging, coordination, state and national reporting, expenditure reports, and data systems.

As part of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Arkansas will receive more than $11 million for HPRP. In preparation for the Oct. 10 reporting deadline, subgrantees were given extensive information on the reporting process and ways they could collect information now to save time and effort in the coming months.

The Arkansas Recovery Office is committed to transparency as ARRA funds are committed and dispersed. In keeping with this goal, Ann Purvis with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration spoke to the group about ARRA procedures and expectations. Many of the attendees had questions about the process, and Purvis confidently addressed their concerns during her 20-minute presentation.

Following Purvis, Tony Gilbert with the DHS Office of Chief Counsel and Stephen Savage and Donna Agee with the DHS Office of Quality Assurance trained the attendees on the policies and procedures of internal audit system. As the reporting deadline nears, the Arkansas Recovery Office is dedicated to ensuring that each state agency has information it needs to make the process successful.

HPRP will provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance. The fund funds will provide for a variety of assistance, including: short-term or medium-term rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services, including such activities as mediation, credit counseling, security or utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and case management.

Additional details about individual programs will be released in coming weeks. The ARRA is your tax dollars at work. To learn more about where your money is being spent, what programs will be affected in your community, what your eligibility for various programs, go to http://recovery.arkansas.gov.

These funds are administered by the Arkansas DHS DCO. For more information on HPRP, please go to http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/dco/ocs/index.htm or contact Green at (501) 682-8715 or Thomas.Green@arkansas.gov.

This program is sponsored federally by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For more information about HPRP, please contact Ann Marie Oliva, Director of Special Needs Assistance Programs, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410 or 1-800-998-9999. The program will began on September 1, 2009, and is scheduled to end three years from the date that HUD signs the Grant Agreement.