Securing and Expanding Rapid Re-Housing Funding and Coordinating Diverse Funding Themes
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has published three new rapid re-housing resources for Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agencies.
- The Role of CoC Lead Agencies in Expanding Capacity and Improving Performance: This brief describes activities that local Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agencies. Lead agencies are tasked by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with developing a systemic response to homelessness. They can and should work to increase capacity and improve rapid re-housing (RRH) practices and performance. For this brief, CoC leaders from across the country that have successfully increased capacity and improved performance were interviewed and shared effective strategies.
- Strategies to Secure and Expand Funds for Rapid Re-Housing: This brief helps Continuums of Care (CoCs) identify successful strategies to increase resources to expand rapid re-housing (RRH.) The brief includes tips to build community support for this expansion and key action steps for community and homeless system leaders to increase funding for RRH.
- Coordinating Diverse Funding Streams for Rapid Re-Housing: This brief examines action steps that homeless service system leaders can adopt to improve coordination by funders. It also examines the strengths and challenges associated with these strategies.
Change is hard, but necessary when it comes to Rapid Re-Housing, the changes communities must make can require navigating a complex set of factors.
More and more communities are embracing rapid re-housing approaches to ending homelessness that focus on permanent housing solutions, such as rapid re-housing.
New Jersey is in a unique position to utilize Emergency Assistance (EA) funds to provide intensive case management to households placed in permanent housing through Temporary Rental Assistance (TRA) and create a statewide opportunity to implement rapid re-housing.
In Mercer County, the Mercer County Board of Social Services is utilizing a single point of entry model to assess and prioritize rapid rehousing resources for families, with a commitment to intensive case management, wraparound services, and linkage to other community supports to ensure success.
Community leaders embrace the rapid rehousing model and dedicate resources for housing assistance and client centered inter-agency collaboration.