Rapid Rehousing is a HUD best-practice model for alleviating homelessness. It is designed to help families and individuals quickly exit homelessness with both housing identification and financial assistance and to help them achieve long-term housing stability. The core components of a rapid re-housing program are housing identification, move-in and rental assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. Rapid rehousing is designed to assist homeless individuals and families who are currently staying at shelters. Its intent is to secure permanent, stable housing as the foundation for addressing other challenges they face. It can serve families, individuals, or be used as a bridge for the chronically homeless while they are waiting for Permanent Supportive Housing.
The Rapid Re-Housing Performance Benchmarks and Program Standards contains information on increasing the effectiveness of rapid rehousing programs, implementing program evaluation benchmarks, and setting goals for improving practices and outcomes.
Take note of the Written Standards for Coordinated Entry.
The BRAP (Buffalo Rapid Rehousing Program) White Paper (2014) provides an overview of the initial demonstration project, including a discussion of the lessons learned from the original implementation.
Rapid Rehousing and BRAP document templates:
Tools and resources from the National Alliance to End Homelessness and HUD: