Build the Evidence, Adapt Standards of Excellence and Practice and More to Expand Rapid Re-Housing
A recent National Alliance to End Homelessness blog post highlighted “Five key strategies for advancing rapid re-housing.”
The five strategies are:
- Build the Evidence
- Adopt Standards of Excellence and Practice
- Make Rapid Re-Housing Part of a System
- Expand the Role of Local/State and Federal Partners
- Acquire New Resources for Rapid Re-Housing
Rapid re-housing involves providing temporary financial assistance and services to return people experiencing homelessness to permanent housing. Federal agencies that fund homelessness assistance have endorsed these Core Components of Rapid Re-housing as the standard criteria for a rapid re-housing program.
Over the next few months, the Alliance plans to “dive into each of the strategies with blogs and webinars focused on what we heard at the summit as well as a series of new resources.”
The Alliance works with Congress, the Administration, and states and communities across the country to develop policies that promote effective strategies to end homelessness.
The Alliance provides trainings, toolkits, webinars, and guides designed to provide practitioners and community leaders with skills and strategies to successfully understand and implement rapid re-housing as part of a larger, system-wide approach to ending homelessness.
Research on rapid re-housing as an effective intervention is in its relative infancy. Results from the major national studies on rapid re-housing are yet to be published, but smaller local and state studies have been done and some outcomes from federal programs are available.
In October 2016, an Alliance guest Kelly King Horne wrote:
“In my community, homelessness is down by more than a third since the peak of the housing crisis and we are serving even more people over the course of a year. Across our state, we have seen similar decreases, largely due to our work in adding a permanent housing focus to our homeless services system through rapid re-housing.”
And, for all of us, this is the message. Rapid re-housing is not just another cool program; it has been the opportunity (or requirement) to rethink most of what we were doing before rapid re-housing. Adding and expanding rapid re-housing to our communities’ responses to homelessness has enabled (or forced) us to question what we’re doing, who we’re serving, how many of these folks exit to permanent housing, and whether it’s all working.
Asking questions is a powerful activity that engages hearts and minds and changes lives.” The guest blogger was Kelly King Horne, Homeward in Richmond, VA.