Welcome to Rapid Rehousing!
Rapid Rehousing (RRH) is a housing intervention strategy designed to quickly assist individuals and young families experiencing homelessness in finding stable housing. The primary goal of rapid rehousing is to minimize the amount of time a person spends without a permanent home by providing temporary financial assistance and supportive services. This approach aims to help individuals and families transition from homelessness to housing as rapidly as possible, while also addressing the underlying factors that contributed to their homelessness..
RRH programs provide short-term financial support to help cover the costs of moving into housing, such as rental deposits, utility deposits, and initial rent payments. This assistance is time-limited and gradually decreases over a defined period, with the expectation that the household's income will become sufficient to cover housing costs on their own.
While the focus of rapid rehousing is on quickly getting individuals and families into housing, supportive services are also provided to address any barriers they may face to maintaining their housing stability. These services can include case management, employment assistance, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and more.
The ultimate goal of rapid rehousing is to achieve housing stability for the individuals or families being served. This means that they are able to maintain their housing without ongoing financial assistance once the program's support period ends.
Housing First Approach:
Rapid rehousing often follows a "Housing First" approach, which prioritizes getting people into stable housing as a primary step, without requiring them to meet specific preconditions such as completing treatment programs or obtaining employment.
Prevention of Homelessness:
In addition to assisting those who are already homeless, rapid rehousing programs may also work with individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place.