Sunday, January 10, 2010

Atlanta Accepts Federal $$$ earmarked for Homelessness Prevention

The Atlanta City Council approved the acceptance of $3.4 million in federal dollars that will be used to fund community-based projects aimed at preventing homelessness under the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). (Legislative Reference No. 09-O-1121) HPRP funds 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 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.

Funding for the homelessness prevention fund ($1.5 billion) was made possible through the

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was signed into law on February 17,

2009 by President Barack Obama.

Council President Lisa M Borders is committed to ending homelessness in Atlanta in 10 years.