Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Fund (Formerly known as Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG))
Program Criteria: How New Jersey is Using the Funds
Total Stimulus Appropriation: $1,500,000,000
New Jersey’s Portion: $40,919,501
NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Portion: $10,221,710
Allocation Method: New Jersey received its share based on a federal formula.
Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Program Overview
The majority of funds, approximately $31 million, will be distributed directly from the federal government to municipalities and counties.  The DCA Division of Housing and Community Resources will receive $10.2 million. The funds will provide short-term or medium term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services including housing search, mediation or outreach to property owners, credit repair, security or utility deposits, and moving cost assistance.

The funding to states and local governments for short- and medium-term rental assistance, relocation and stabilization services for homelessness prevention, and rapid re-housing. The HUD Secretary will establish the requirements for this program within 30 days of the date of enactment (by March 19, 2009) and distribute funds according to a pre-existing formula.
Federal Requirements and Restrictions
The following requirements apply:
  • Grantees must use the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to collect data on participants.
  • Federal fair housing, nondiscrimination and labor standards.
  • 5% of monies can be used by states and sub-grantees for administrative costs.
  • .5% of monies are available to HUD for training, technical assistance, technology, monitoring, research and evaluation.
Program Eligibility
Any New Jersey resident whose household’s income is equal to or less than 50 percent of the Area Median Income and is either homeless or at risk of losing their housing and lacks the financial resources and support networks to identify immediate housing or remain in existing housing.  Please note that the program will only assist persons who can remain stably housed after the temporary assistance ends.
Important Program Dates
60% of funds must be expended within 2 years of the date that funds are obligated and 100% of the funds must be expended within 3 years of that date; otherwise, the Secretary may recapture and redistribute the funds. Grantees must collect, and submit to HUD, data on the use of the funds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will these program funds help New Jersey? 
A: The funds will provide short-term or medium term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services including housing search, mediation or outreach to property owners, credit repair, security or utility deposits, and moving cost assistance.

Q: How can my community service provider take advantage of these funds? 
A:  If the nonprofit services an area that is not receiving a direct allocation of HPRP funds from US Housing and Urban Development (HUD), they would be eligible to apply for up to $250,000 in the Request for Proposal that will be released by NJ Dept. of Community Affairs in July 2009.

Q: Who is eligible to apply? 
A:  Nonprofits servicing areas of the State that did not receive a direct allocation of HPRP funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Local and county governments who did not receive a direct allocation of HPRP funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

All applicants will be required to provide a certification from their local Continuum of Care certifying that the program is consistent with the local homeless prevention plan.

Q: What is the time frame for the expenditure of these funds? 
A: 60% of funds must be expended within 2 years of the date that funds are obligated; and 100% of the funds must be expended within 3 years of that date.

Q: What are the reporting requirements if I use these funds?
A.  Sub-grantees that provide direct financial assistance and services to eligible households will use the Homeless Management Information System to collect data and report on outputs and outcomes.”

For more information and to contact the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding this program, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/.
Information is also available on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website at: http://www.hud.gov/recovery/