The Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) is designed to provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless (homelessness prevention), or to help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized (rapid re-housing). This region focused on the use of funds for Rapid Re-housing. 

Region 5 adopts a Housing First model and supports that people need to access housing as immediately as possible.  Region 5 believes that homelessness is first and foremost a housing problem and should be treated as such.  Housing is a right to which all are entitled.  Those vulnerable and at-risk families should be returned to or stabilized in permanent housing as quickly as possible and connected to the necessary resources to sustain such housing.  Any issues that may have contributed to a household’s homelessness can be best addressed once they are in stable housing. These individuals tend to be more responsive to interventions and social services support after they have established themselves in their own housing. 

Persons defined as homeless under categories 1 & 4 are eligible for Rapid Re-Housing assistance. Persons defined as homeless under categories 2, 3 & 4 are eligible for Homeless Prevention assistance. The difference is that persons receiving prevention assistance are housed at the time they begin receiving HP assistance, and persons receiving rapid re-housing assistance are homeless at the time they begin receiving assistance.


People who are chronically homeless are a priority for the use of these funds.


Note: The Homeless Definition