Columbus, OH – May 19, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Ted Strickland and Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Development, today announced that Ohio’s Continuums of Care and county boards of commissioners will partner with the Department in awarding more than $24.5 million of Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) funds. In addition, a total of $1 million will be awarded to five non-profit organizations for the Family Homelessness Prevention Pilot Program which provides services to prevent the loss of housing.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing funds to the Ohio Department of Development as a result of the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds must be used to provide financial assistance and services to help prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or assist those experiencing homelessness to be re-housed and stabilized. The Continuum of Care is a planning process supported by service providers that help communities plan for and provide a full range of services to address the various needs of the homeless, including homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing.
“We are focusing our efforts to combat homelessness during these tough economic times,” said Strickland. “The resources provided through the Recovery Act will enable us to better assist Ohio families and individuals with the help and housing they need. We are grateful that President Obama and Ohio’s Congressional delegation recognize the importance of investing in homelessness prevention.”
Distribution of the funds is contingent upon approval of Ohio’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program plan by HUD, but is expected to begin in September. All funds must be expended during the three-year grant period.
“The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program is designed to transform local homelessness prevention and supportive services delivery methods,” said Patt-McDaniel. “The program is also a unique opportunity for the state to work collaboratively with Ohio’s Continuums of Care and counties to help Ohio’s neediest residents.”
Administered by the Ohio Department of Development’s Community Development Division, $24.5 million of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program funds were allocated to 49 service areas through a formula based on poverty and unemployment rates, with the areas of greatest need receiving funding. The Ohio Continuums of Care will collaborate with the county boards of commissioners to select and certify the appropriate Ohio Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program award recipients.
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program funds also will be awarded to continue the Family Homelessness Prevention Pilot Program for one year. The program identifies families most at risk for homelessness in Fayette, Pickaway, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas and Montgomery Counties.
The Ohio Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program service areas are:
OhioHPRP Single-County Service Areas
|County||HPRP Service Area||Amount|
|Allen||Allen County||$ 129,100|
Ohio HPRP Multi-County Service Areas
|Region||HRPR Service Area||Amount|
|1||Ashtabula–Geauga Counties||$ 728,000|
|2||Athens, Hocking, and Perry Counties||841,100|
|4||Coshocton and Holmes Counties||323,800|
|5||Defiance-Fulton-Henry-Paulding and Williams Counties||581,000|
|16||Mercer-Auglaize-Van Wert Counties||291,900|
Family Homelessness Prevention Pilot Project Program Award Recipients
|Fayette/Pickaway||Community Action Commission of Fayette County||$ 200,000|
|Franklin||Community Shelter Board||200,000|
|Lucas||Family Outreach Community United Services, Inc.||200,000|
|Montgomery||YWCA of Dayton||200,000|
|GRAND TOTAL: $25,541,800|
As a result of the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HUD received $1.5 billion for eligible applicants to provide individuals and families who would be homeless with short-term or medium-term rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services including mediation, credit counseling, security or utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and case management. In total, the State of Ohio and its jurisdictions received more than $65 million of Homelessness Prevention funds, with HUD awarding $39.4 million directly to 21 cities and counties and $26.2 million to the State of Ohio. For a list of HUD direct allocations, visit www.hud.gov/recovery.
For more information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, visit www.recovery.ohio.gov.
The Ohio Department of Development’s Community Development Division administers a variety of state- and federally funded programs that benefit Ohio individuals and families. The Community Development Division coordinates its programs to form a comprehensive strategy to build stronger, healthier communities throughout the state.Working with our partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the non-profit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. Engaged every day in marketing, innovating, investing, and collaborating, the Ohio Department of Development works at the speed of business to accelerate and support the teamwork that is absolutely necessary for success by providing financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio’s future.
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