What is Rapid Re-Housing?

By: Bond Cavazos

Being new to the Housing and Shelter community I have often heard the term "Rapid Re-Housing."   Maybe you're like me and wanted to know more about it.

BARN Community Housing provides this service in order to provide to families and individuals in our community.  We receive phone calls, everyday, from families looking for shelter.  We are currently full with 12 families living at BARN.  When we do have an opening it is filled almost instantly.  Rapid Re-Housing provides us with another way to extend a helping hand to families facing homelessness.  What is Rapid Re-Housing?

According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness,

“Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. Rapid re-housing assistance is offered without preconditions — like employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety — and the resources and services provided are tailored to the unique needs of the household.”

When families have experienced an eviction, have a poor credit history, arrears and legal issues landlords will not see that family as a desirable candidate for their property.  This leaves the family to find another option.  If they are fortunate they may have a support system such as family and friends, but more often than not- they don't.  This is unfortunately one of the paths that leads to homelessness.

The government and local shelters recruit local landlords to accept families and individuals who would otherwise not be accepted with the Rapid Re-Housing program.  The program provides financial assistance for moving costs, deposits and utility assistance so that families are able to provide a shelter for their family while they work towards financial stability.

The overall goal of Rapid Re-Housing is to-

“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 and appropriate), so that they can sustain rent payments independently when rental assistance ends.”
— United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Thank you for supporting BARN Community Housing.   If you would like more information please send an email to: fahmed@barninc.org