81% of homeless families who received short-term rental assistance through HPRP were able to maintain housing stability; however
77% of families remained housed through the assistance of additional housing subsidies.
The assessment resulted in several policy recommendations:
One year shallow subsidies are insufficient for most families because the short time frame makes it difficult for families to transition directly from homelessness to market rate housing or obtain long term housing subsidies; and
The costs of market rate housing remains high across the state while subsidies remain limited, so expanding the supply of long-term affordable housing should remain a priority.
HPRP was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and this report tracked the experiences of 486 families from across Massachusetts that received HPRP subsidies in December of 2009 after living in motels or homeless shelters. HPRP funds were allocated to assist families with locating an available apartment unit, moving costs, security deposits and short term rental stipends. Families could receive assistance for up to 12 months using HPRP funds, and for an extension of six additional months using state funds.