Successfully Housing High Barrier Households
“Taking Your Rapid Re-Housing Program to the Next Level” was one of the workshops at the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness which took place February 18-19, 2014 in New Orleans.
Households considered to have high barriers to housing, including those with no current income, can benefit from rapid re-housing.
Successful interventions with these households include:
- Working with landlords who overlook evictions and either overlook or don’t run credit reports
- Higher subsidy amounts for realistic rent ranges
- Setting up payment plans for housing-related debts
Some measures for success include examining:
- If a household is stably housed at the end of the program and stably housed 6, 12, and 24 months after completing the program
- How many families returned to homelessness?
- How many families have the skills to respond to crises without becoming homeless again?
Workshop presenters included:
- Beth Fetzer-Rice from The Salavation Army of Central Ohio
- Keely McCave from First Avenues, Hamilton Family Center in San Francisco
- Katrina Van Valkenburgh from CSH in Chicago
Click here for the workshop presentation.