The eligible activities allowed under HPRP are clear and intentionally focused on housing—either direct financial assistance to help pay for housing, or services designed to help participants obtain, maintain and remain in housing. Funds are also available to track assistance through HMIS for local program or policy use and reporting to HUD. Grantees and sub-grantees may use HPRP funds to administer the following categories of eligible activities: (1) financial assistance; (2) housing relocation and stabilization services; (3) data collection and evaluation; and (4) administrative costs.
The HPRP Notice (FR-5307-N-01), which outlines the eligible activities, also includes a section that clearly states activities that are ineligible, including services that are eligible under other Recovery Act programs, mortgage costs, and credit card bills. In an effort to further avoid mismanagement of grant funds, the Notice stipulates that HPRP funds must not be used to make payments directly to program participants, but only to third parties, such as landlords or utility companies. The Notice can be found at http://hudhre.info/documents/HPRP_Notice_3-19-09.pdf.
Project/Activity: Financial assistance
Description: Financial assistance is limited to the following activities: short-term rental assistance (3 months), medium-term rental assistance (4 to 18 months), security deposits, utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and motel and hotel vouchers.
Project/Activity: Housing relocation and stabilization services
Description: Housing relocation and stabilization services are limited to the following activities: case management, outreach and engagement, housing search and placement, legal services, and credit repair.
Project/Activity: Data collection and evaluation by grantees.
Description: Reasonable and appropriate costs associated with operating a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or comparable client-level database for the purposes of collecting and reporting data required under HPRP are eligible.
Project/Activity: Grantee Administrative costs
Description: Administrative costs are limited to the following activities: pre-award administrative costs (as specified in the HPRP Notice), accounting for the use of grant funds, preparing reports for submission to HUD, obtaining program audits, similar costs related to administering the grant after the award, grantee or sub-grantee staff salaries associated with these administrative costs, and related training for staff who will administer the program.
Project/Activity: HUD will provide training, technical assistance, monitoring, enforcement, research and evaluation activities.
Description: HUD will hire staff, build systems and work with grantees to ensure effective and efficient implementation