Rapid Re-Housing Tools

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Toolkits | July 6, 2015

This toolkit is designed to provide sample materials organizations and rapid re-housing program staff can use as a part of rapid re-housing. Rapid re-housing has three core components: housing identification, financial rent and more-in assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. These tools mainly focus on the first core component of housing identification. For more in-depth information on the core components of rapid re-housing, please see the Core Components of Rapid Re-housing and Rapid Re-Housing: An Integral Component to Solving Homelessness.

To learn the basics of rapid re-housing, please see these five short video training modules: Housing Barriers Assessment, Housing Search and Location/Developing Relationships with Landlords, Designing Subsidies, Voluntary Service Provision, and Outcomes, Community Examples, and Evaluation

If you have a tool you would like to add to this list, please email thecenter@naeh.org.


Tools

Landlord Benefits Checklist: This checklist is a tool to advertise your program to potential landlords.

Landlord Outreach Strategies: This is a list developed by rapid re-housing providers of potential landlord recruitment strategies.

Housemate Upsides and Downsides: This tool, developed by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc, can be used to help clients in considering if having a housemate would be a good option from them.

Shared Housing Agreement Form: This sample form, shared with the permission of Northern Virginia Family Service, is an agreement between a tenant and landlord in the case of a shared housing arrangement.  

Apartment Comparison Checklist: This tool can be used to help rapid re-housing clients compare a number of different units to determine which is the best fit.

Lease Explanation Tool: This tool provides clients with a way to summarize, in their own words, the lease violations that could result in eviction.

Support Network Map:This Support Map template can be used to help households in rapid re-housing identify their support network.

Home Visit Record: A tool for case managers to use during home visits to ensure they discuss important topics with clients. 

Housing Specialist Job Description: This is an example of a new job description for a provider who shifts from a typical scattered site transitional housing model to a rapid re-housing/transition-in-place model. It has been adapted from job descriptions created by Community Rebuilders (Grand Rapids, MI), and Tabor Community Services (Lancaster, PA).

Progressive Engagement Stability Conversation Guide: The Stability Conversation Guide is for case managers utilizing a progressive engagement approach to determine if a household will need further rapid re-housing assistance.

Domestic Violence Tools

Home Free: Safety Planning and Protocol: Home Free believes safety planning is an essential part of contact with all survivors, regardless of whether they are still with an abuser, trying to leave, or have left the abuser. This document, provided by Home Free, a Volunteers of America – Oregon program provides protocols for working to ensure that survivors are assisted with safety planning.

Home Free: Advocate Safety Protocol: A home-based model of service delivery is common in the domestic violence field as it is in the homelessness assistance system when a household is rapidly re-housed. Before home visiting occurs with survivors of domestic violence, however, it is important to address the possible safety concerns of the program staff that will be conducting the home visits. This document, provided by Home Free, a program of Volunteers of America – Oregon, provides protocol for staff when planning and conducting a home visit.

The safety of a prospective housing unit when rapidly re-housing a survivor of domestic violence is of primary importance. The District Alliance for Safe Housing provides a variety of resources in their Housing Resource Center to assist providers in the housing search effort some of which are specific to the District of Columbia, but a number of which are transferable to any community, including: