HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan spoke at the Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting this past Friday and as he discussed stimulus programs, he celebrated the success of the HPRP program:
“With the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program in the Recovery Act, we have begun reorienting the Federal government toward preventing homelessness as cities across the country have been doing for years.
In your own recent report, you found that 18 cities—or 72 per cent of respondents—reported that the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program will ‘fundamentally change the way [their] community provides services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness’.
Indeed, no one understands better than our mayors on the front lines in the battle to prevent homelessness just how much the platform of a stable home can drive other outcomes – like savings in the area of health. And it’s time the Federal government recognized that as well.”
The rest of his remarks are available here.