Necessary Activities of Best Practice Rapid Re-Housing Programs Handout

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Other | January 17, 2014

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This is a handout utilized during the Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative and explains the necessary activities of a best practice rapid re-housing program. The text of the handout is below. You can download the handout by clicking the link above.

Necessary Activities of Best Practice Rapid Re-Housing Programs

Best practice rapid re-housing programs provide four necessary activities as follows:

  1. Landlord Outreach. A best practice rapid re-housing program must have—either on staff or through a formal relationship with an organization—staff who recruit landlords and encourage them to rent to homeless households. The landlord outreach function should result in landlords reducing their barriers to homeless households accessing rental units. Organizations should be able to identify specific landlords that they have recruited into the program.
  2. Financial Assistance. A best practice rapid re-housing program must provide—either directly or through formal agreement with another organization or agency— financial assistance for permanent housing costs, which may include rental deposits, first month’s rent, last month’s rent, or temporary rental assistance. Financial assistance must not be contingent upon service compliance, but rather lease compliance.
  3. Case Management. A best practice rapid re-housing program must be able to provide home based case management services – either directly or through a formal agreement with another organization or agency - that link program participants with services in the community, such as child care, employment, education, and other services and intervene in conflicts between the landlord and program participant.
  4. Assessment of Housing Barriers. A best practice rapid re-housing program must assess the housing barriers of potential program participants with a focus on the immediate, practical barriers to moving into housing. The housing barrier assessment should be used to help program participants move into housing. The housing barrier assessment must not be a sustainability assessment.