The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program (HPRP) was introduced as part of the ARRA stimulus funding package developed and implemented by the Obama administration in 2009. The intention was to help solve the economic crisis at that time. The purpose was to “provide homelessness prevention assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless. The Collier County Public Services Division applied for a grant through the program in May 2009. The HPRP program in Collier County is administered by the County and the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County (Coalition), but is executed by a consortium of nonprofits. The nonprofits are coordinated by the Coalition.
This program evaluation was a requirement of the grant, which allows for the implementation of the evaluation at any point during the three-year project period. The Coalition decided to implement the evaluation early on in the project period, in order to determine if the model was functioning effectively, or to what extent it needed adjustment.