The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
With Help from the HPRP, More Families Are on the Path to Self Sufficiency
This year, Salvation Army Case Manager Marcia Reckinger is
helping more Arlington area families with rental assistance thanks
to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $1.15 billion for
homelessness prevention nationwide.
Locally, the HPRP program is preventing homelessness and rapidly
returning homeless individuals and families to housing stability. In
America’s communities, the homeless shelter is just one step away
from life on the street.
At the Salvation Army Life Center on Abram Street, stimulus funding
is helping a mother and her daughter who slept in their vehicle for
about two months before applying for temporary rental assistance.
After receiving HPRP assistance, the family became eligible for the
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program administered by the
Arlington Housing Authority. Today, that family is on the path to
From her office, Marcie Reckinger works one-on-one with sheltered
clients in need rental assistance. She provides assistance with
employment and childcare, and pairs clients with other county
agencies who can assist them with transition.
With additional funds for the HPRP program, the waiting list for
housing has been reduced by as much as 10 percent, she said.
“It makes me feel really good to know that we’re able to help those
who need a step up,” Marcie said. “This program is significantly
impacting Arlington families and it’s making a difference in many
The HPRP also helped a single mother of six avoid homelessness. With
only a part-time job and the social security from a disabled child,
the Arlington mother was at risk of losing housing when her rent
money was stolen, according to the Arlington Housing Authority.
Family and friends were unable to assist, but the HPRP stepped in to
provide one month of rental assistance. Today, her part-time nursing
assistance job is full-time and the single mother is continuing her
education to become a registered nurse.
The HPRP program is helping families pay security deposits, utility
bills, moving expenses and rent checks to either avoid eviction or
move from transitional housing into their own apartments.
Home Sweet Home
A three-bedroom home that sat vacant for nearly six months in a
south Arlington neighborhood is now owned and occupied by a family
of four thanks to federal stimulus money authorized by Congress and
administered by the City.
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