Rapid Rehousing Strategies for Families

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Audio | October 23, 2007

Tom Albanese and Phyllis Ryan Jackson were the featured speakers in this Leadership to End Homelessness Audio Conference. The focus of their presentation was on Rapid Rehousing Strategies. Adopting a Housing First approach requires using a set of strategies to rapidly rehouse families who are experiencing a housing crisis. Such strategies typically include outreach to landlords, landlord mediation and upfront rental assistance. Home-based case management following the housing placement is also a critical component and is designed both to promote housing stability and ensure the family is linked with the appropriate supports and services to meet their long-term goals. Tom Albanese is with the Community Shelter Board in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus takes a system-wide Housing First approach. All families entering the shelter system are assessed and, if appropriate, referred to a program that helps them rapidly access rental housing in the community. Phyllis Ryan Jackson is with the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness. Her organization has piloted a program to rapidly re-house families who either literally or at imminent risk of homelessness.