Rapid Re-Housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. Rapid Re-Housing assistance is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are tailored to the unique needs of the household. The core components of a Rapid Re-Housing program are:
- Housing Identification
- Rent and Move-In Assistance, and
- Rapid Re-Housing Case Management and Services
NAEH Fact Sheet
Participants in Rapid Re-Housing programs are assisted in locating a dwelling unit of their choice in the community that meets program eligibility requirements. For the dwelling unit to be eligible in the program, the unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection. The rent for the unit must also be determined to be reasonable in comparison to other unassisted units similar in location, size, unit type, age, unit amenities and property facilities.
Service providers together with participant households determine the amount of rent and utilities that the household can afford monthly and in accordance with applicable program guidelines. The remaining portion of the Contract Rent for the dwelling unit is subsidized by the program and is paid directly to the Landlord.
The HOM program participant is the leaseholder and the sole tenant for the dwelling unit. HOM enters into Rental Assistance Agreements with Landlords to provide rental assistance to HOM participants and their authorized family members.
Participants are assisted for as long as is necessary for them to become financially self-sufficient and able to afford the entire Contract Rent with their own income. On average, Rapid Re-Housing assistance lasts approximately 6 months.
Case Management and Services
HOM partners provide individuals and families in Rapid Re-Housing programs with appropriate and time-limited services and supports to allow them to stabilize quickly in permanent housing. Case managers monitor participants’ housing stability and are available to resolve crises. Services are focused on providing or assisting the household with connections to resources that help them improve their safety and well-being and achieve their long-term goals. Services are client-directed, respectful of individuals’ right to self-determination, and voluntary.