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Homelessness Prevention

The Office of Program Monitoring oversees DHCD’s management of homelessness prevention grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including the Emergency Shelter Grant and Shelter Plus Care Grant, along with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program.

Emergency Shelter Grant

Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds support homeless prevention efforts and facilities operating at the entry point of the Continuum of Care. Funds are used for a variety of activities, which can include improving the quality of existing emergency shelters for the homeless, helping to make additional shelters available to the homeless, helping to meet the costs of operating emergency shelters, and providing certain essential social services to homeless individuals. This program is administered by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP).These activities occur in conjunction with the District's efforts to build permanent affordable and supportive housing that will end homelessness over time.

Shelter Plus Care

Shelter Plus Care (S+C) funds support permanent housing in connection with supportive services to homeless people with disabilities and their families. The program provides rental assistance for a variety of housing choices, accompanied by a range of supportive services funded by other sources. The program is designed to serve homeless persons with disabilities including, but not limited to serious mental illness, chronic substance abuse, and/or AIDS and related diseases. Goals of the S+C Program are to assist homeless individuals and their families to increase their housing stability, skills and/or income, and self-sufficiency. TCP also administers S+C.

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP) provides homelessness prevention assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless and assistance to rapidly re-house persons who are homeless. These resources target households that are most in need of this temporary assistance and are most likely to achieve stable housing, whether subsidized or unsubsidized, after the program concludes.


For HPRP eligibility, and in addition to other requirements, individuals or households must:
  1. At a minimum, have an initial consultation with a case manager who can determine the appropriate type of assistance to meet the household's need,
  2. Be verified as (a) "literally homeless" (living on street, in car, in shelter, etc.), OR (b) "homeless but for the HPRP assistance" (subject to eviction, short-term institutionalized and subject to discharge, etc.);
  3. Be appropriate for a 'stable housing outcome' following the assistance; AND
  4. Be at or below 50% of the "Area Median Income (AMI)" for the area.
HPRP grantees must verify eligibility information provided by the applicant not less than once every 3 months, document conclusions, and certify initial and ongoing eligibility utilizing third party information.
Financial assistance to individuals and families will be limited to three (3) months of rental assistance (includes utility payments), deposits for rental units and utilities, moving costs, and/or hotel/motel vouchers necessary to meet emergency needs for potentially eligible individuals and families. Individuals and families assisted may requalify for assistance every three (3) months. In no case can assistance exceed eighteen (18) months. Mortgage payments, including legal or other types of assistance to prevent foreclosure, are not available through this program.
Residents interested in accessing HPRP funds should contact one of the following partner organizations to schedule an eligibility determination:
Catholic Charities
Southeast Family Center
2812 Pennsylvania Ave SE
(202) 338-3100
Community of Hope
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 805
(202) 407-7747
Housing Counseling Services
2410 17th Street, NW
(202) 667-7007
The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness
Virginia Williams Family Resource Center
920 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
(202) 526-0017
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