Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing

Expanding the Implementation
of this Critical Intervention

Core Components of Rapid Re-HousingThe National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) has published “Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing,” a resource that identifies the core components of rapid re-housing as an intervention.

The Alliance developed it in collaboration with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), Housing and Urban Development, and the Veterans Administration.

The core components are:

  • Housing Identification
    • Recruit landlords to provide housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
    • Address potential barriers to landlord participation such as concern about short term nature of rental assistance and tenant qualifications.
    • Assist households to find and secure appropriate rental housing.
  • Rent and Move-In Assistance (Financial)
    • Provide assistance to cover move-in costs, deposits, and the rental and/or utility assistance (typically six months or less) necessary to allow individuals and families to move immediately out of homelessness and to stabilize in permanent housing.
  • Rapid Re-housing Case Management and Services
    • Help individuals and families experiencing homelessness identify and select among various permanent housing options based on their unique needs, preferences, and financial resources.
    • Help individuals and families experiencing homelessness address issues that may impede access to housing (such as credit history, arrears, and legal issues).
    • Help individuals and families negotiate manageable and appropriate lease agreements with landlords.
    • Make appropriate and time-limited services and supports available to families and individuals to allow them to stabilize quickly in permanent housing.
    • Monitor participants’ housing stability and be available to resolve crises, at a minimum during the time rapid re-housing assistance is provided.
    • Provide or assist the household with connections to resources that help them improve their safety and well-being and achieve their long-term goals. This includes providing or ensuring that the household has access to resources related to benefits, employment and community-based services (if needed/appropriate) so that they can sustain rent payments independently when rental assistance ends.
    • Ensure that services provided are client-directed, respectful of individuals’ right to self-determination, and voluntary. Unless basic, program-related case management is required by statute or regulation, participation in services should not be required to receive rapid re-housing assistance.

This document is meant to guide the efforts of the Alliance, USICH, and other federal agencies to expand the implementation of rapid re-housing to address homelessness.

Click here to access the resource.