What Is Rapid Rehousing?
In this resource guide, you will learn about a long-term housing program called Rapid Rehousing.
If you are facing homeless this housing program could help you with a number of supportive services like rental assistance, help with moving costs, and more.
Continue reading to learn more about how the Rapid Rehousing program connects low-income families to long-term housing services.
What Is The Rapid Rehousing Program?
The rapid rehousing program is a housing program that helps homeless individuals get connected to long-term housing programs so they can live a self-sufficient life. This program is a relatively new program, and it has been shown to be successful in helping homeless individuals find permanent housing.
What Is The Goal Of This Long-Term Housing Program?
The main goal of rapid rehousing is to quickly re-house people who are homeless.
The program offers short-term financial assistance and case management for a period of three months. Once a person is re-housed, they need to find employment or find permanent housing within a week. They may need to find a job or get a second job. If they aren’t able to find housing, they’ll have trouble paying their rent.
Who Qualifies For RRH?
The program is designed for people who are facing homelessness. Individuals who are staying at homeless shelters are typically connected to the Rapid Rehousing program.
In most cases (emphasis on most cases), you cannot contact a homeless shelter near you and ask to be connected to the RRH. Residents who are currently at a homeless shelter, working with case managers, and participating in shelter programs are ideal candidates to receive help from the Rapid Rehousing program.
How Does This Housing Program Work?
A case manager is assigned to each Rapid Rehousing client. Case managers help clients to understand apartment lease agreements and the rules of the apartment they will be living in.
They will also serve as a mediator/liaison if needed between the tenant and landlord. Case managers also provide resources to assist with additional requirements such as connecting people to jobs, mental health services, legal assistance, and more.
How Does RRH Help Homeless Families?
Rapid rehousing provides homeless families with immediate and short-term housing assistance, which can include:
- Up to 12 months of rental assistance to help you get on your feet.
- Help to pay the cost of moving expenses.
- Assistance with the move-in deposit fee.
- Rent and utility assistance for up to 6 months.
- Case management to ensure you are able to remain self-sufficient.
Each RRH program has different components so the specific assistance that you receive will differ depending on the homeless shelter that you are working with.
How To Apply For Rapid Rehousing
To apply for rapid rehousing, you can reach out to your local homeless shelter or social services agency. They will be able to help connect you with the Rapid Rehousing program in your area.
You can find a national listing of shelters at Homeless Shelters Directory. If you are in Houston, we created our own listing of homeless shelters along with the supportive services that each offers.
Rapid Rehousing In Houston
The Coalition for the Homeless is a good starting point to learn more about housing programs like this one in Houston. They also offer many supportive services for anyone facing homelessness in Houston, TX.
If you are interested in speaking to an organization about Rapid Rehousing, the following list provides homeless services like those mentioned in this article:
- Career and Recovery Resources, Inc.
- Catholic Charities
- SEARCH Homeless Services
- Spring Branch Community Health Center
Rapid Rehousing is a program that helps homeless people with long-term solutions so they can live an independent life. It’s important to note that Rapid Rehousing is designed as an exit strategy from homelessness and is not meant to be a long-term solution. The program will help with rent assistance for a limited amount of time. The goal is to have the client become more self-sufficient that way they can take care of themself and family members.
If you or someone you know is facing homelessness, reach out to your local homeless shelter to learn more about this housing program and how it can help you find permanent housing.
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Nick Bryant is the author of Understanding Healthcare Is Half The Battle and a Senior Counselor with 13+ years of experience working in community health and mental health. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching WWE on Friday nights, and working toward a Google Data Analytics certification. If you have additional questions about community resources or government assistance programs, simply leave a comment below and he will follow up as soon as possible.