I hope you had a chance to read Liz Whitehurst’s entry on the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).
More than that, I hope you liked it – because here at the Alliance communications department, it’s gonna be all HPRP, all the time.
We’re taking advantage of HPRP as a platform to take about the issue that we hold most dear. With this new federal assistance – coming at a time when need is growing so rapidly and community, state, and local services are being [sometimes dramatically] curbed as a result of the recession – we have a chance to share success stories. Stories of men, women, and families being successfully and permanently re-housed. Stories of ending homelessness.
With our ears to the ground, we’re hearing promises of real change during such a difficult time. We’re hearing stories of this Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program being used in innovative new ways – used to transform homeless assistance services to focus on prevention and housing, moving away from shelters and soup kitchens.
Which isn’t to say that we’re blindly starry-eyed. We know that no federal program is perfect – we know that there are communities experiencing roadblocks along the way, communities struggling to figure out the best way to use these critical new funds to make the most impact on their neighborhoods.
But we’re hoping we can help. We’ll be sharing HPRP stories on this blog regularly from here on out, hoping that we can all learn from the experiences of our colleagues across the country.
Please (!!) don’t hesitate to get involved. The Alliance is collecting these stories for our Story Bank, and soon we’ll be starting up a little campaign on our Facebook page – sharing links of HPRP news from community newspapers. Please don’t hesitate to share yours.
If you want to get involved, but have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Alliance staff.
We’re looking forward to sharing our stories with you – and hoping you’ll share your stories with us!