Nationwide approximately 640,000 people are homeless. As the economy worsens more families are finding it harder than ever to pay their rent, utilities, food, and other necessary expenses. That’s why this year, when President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, it included funds for a program designed for people at risk of being homeless. The “Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program” (HPRP) was developed as a way to provide social services to either prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or help the homeless be rehoused and stabilized.
In order to address the issues facing low-income people at risk of homelessness, the HPRP requires collaboration between nonprofits and local governments. This multifaceted effort includes rental assistance, utility assistance, case management, legal services, and credit repair.
We are excited to announce that TRLA received grants to implement the legal services component of the HPRP to eligible people residing in El Paso, San Antonio, and Hidalgo County. These grant funds have allowed TRLA to hire three new housing law attorneys and two paralegals to focus on helping people stay in their homes. TRLA will also train case managers at partner social service agencies to identify when their clients need legal aid to maintain housing.
TRLA is grateful for the multi-year grants we received and we are looking forward to being part of these important homeless prevention efforts. Grants were received from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the City of San Antonio, Hidalgo County, and the City of El Paso. It is with these necessary funds that TRLA will continue to provide free legal services to low-income Texans in desperate situations and keep families in their homes during this holiday season.