Project-VIHFA Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program

Jobs created: NA
Jobs retained: NA
District: Territory Wide
Award Date: 7/16/2009
ARRA Budget: $775,977.00

Project Overview

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Description:
To provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized.
Actual Expense: $775,977.00
Overall Status: Closed
Achievements:
  • Four non-profit organizations provided intake and case management service under the program
  • A total of 156 household received assistance assistant under the program, these services includes; homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services ranging from hotel/motel vouchers, security deposits and utility payment assistance, and rental
  • Additional grants funds were used for case management fees, data collection and evaluation, and program administration expenses
  • Entered into an agreement with a local hotel offering special rates for placing identified eligible homeless individuals.  Non-profit organizations servicing homeless are prepared to start intake and referral process for placement
  • The program agreed in principle with the VI Water and Power Authority to delay the disconnection of individuals who qualify for HPRP assistance

Benefits of this Project

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  • A total of 156 household received assistance totaling $549,896.72 for homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services ranging from hotel/motel vouchers, security deposits and utility payment assistance, and rental assistant under the program
  • This program allowed participants to enter into lease agreement with various landlords territory-wide. The program continued to pay the monthly rent for those participants who were unemployed and were seeking employment. The program also paid arrears for those clients who were on the brink of being evicted. This allowed landlords to collect income that would have been otherwise lost
  • This program assisted participants with utilities arrears. VIHFA entered into agreement with the VI Water and Power Authority to delay the disconnection of individuals who qualify for HPRP assistance
  • This program also helped to stimulate the economy by utilizing the local hotels as temporary boarding for homeless applicants who were going through the transition period. Once an apartment was secured the participant would be transferred from the hotel to the new home. 


  • The VIHFA entered into partnership agreement with Department of Human Services in order to facilitate the verification of the participants of the grant
  • Entered into an agreement with a local hotel offering special rates for placing identified eligible homeless individuals.  Local Non-profit organizations servicing homeless provided referral process for placement. Several homeless individuals were places in hotels until the program staff secured permanent housing
  • The  program provided utility assistance for those individuals participating in the homeless prevention program.  The agency entered into an agreement with the VI Water and Power Authority to delay the disconnection these individuals who qualify for HPRP assistance. The VIHFA provided utility assistance for these individuals