How to Combat Homelessness with the Rapid Re-Housing Program

( – For individuals and families facing literal homelessness in the U.S., there’s a program known as The Rapid Re-Housing Program (RRH). This program provides an intervention that helps individuals and families find permanent housing. RRH doesn’t have the same preconditions related to income, criminal history, or sobriety that other programs may require. Instead, applicants must meet a certain point threshold during interviews to be eligible for the program. 

How Does RRH Work?

The rapid re-housing program is meant to be a short-term program to help prevent homelessness. It lasts no more than 24 months. The tailored service approaches each situation at an individual level. What applies to one applicant might not apply to another. The program assesses strengths and barriers to create a plan to help those facing acute homelessness. Acute homelessness includes people who have potential income and do not need intensive services to remain in housing. For those facing chronic homelessness, the Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program is available. 

Key Program Components

  1. Housing identification– The program helps connect individuals and families to landlords who participate in the program. Housing identification includes addressing challenges to landlord participation and helping people secure housing that best fits their needs. Identifying eligible housing that meets family needs is an important part of the program. 
  2. Temporary financial assistance– Homelessness is most often caused by limited financial resources. The program helps participants find permanent housing by alleviating financial stressors. It connects people with utility assistance, childcare support, job training, and other financial solutions that can create issues with housing. 
  3. Case management services– Case management is also a part of the rapid re-housing program. These services help households find permanent housing and address other financial resources and needs. Case management can help address barriers such as legal or credit issues. Once housing has been secured, case managers can follow up to assess participant progress and make sure their needs are met. 

Need RRH assistance?

If you have housing insecurity, don’t hesitate to contact your local 211 hotline or read more about the re-housing assistance program on their website. Programs are available to assist you. Homelessness is a real fear, but with programs like RRH, you can find solutions to help you solve this housing crisis. 

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