Rapid Rehousing


Rapid rehousing provides short-term rental assistance and services. The goals are to help people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and stay housed. It is offered without preconditions (such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety) and the resources and services provided are typically tailored to the needs of the person.

Rapid re-housing is a primary solution for ending homelessness. It has been demonstrated to be effective in getting people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing and keeping them there. By connecting people with a home, they are in a better position to address other challenges that may have led to their homelessness, such as obtaining employment or addressing substance abuse issues. The intervention has also been effective for people traditionally perceived to be more difficult to serve, including people with limited or no income and survivors of domestic violence.

Research demonstrates that those who receive rapid re-housing assistance are homeless for shorter periods of time than those assisted with shelter or transitional housing. Rapid re-housing is also less expensive than other homeless interventions, such as shelter or transitional housing.

Rapid Rehousing Success Story: Tre

Tre was 26 years old when he arrived at Front Steps seeking a place to sleep in the shelter at night. He had been staying with his mother but the living situation fell apart, and Tre was walking the streets for weeks. He felt hopeless and eventually sought advice from a local police officer. The police officer observed some mental health symptoms, and encouraged Tre to seek help from community partners. With the support of Integral Care, he was prescribed medications that helped him feel calmer and more focused. Front Steps provided shelter, a housing plan, and connected Trey with even more support services. Goodwill assisted him in obtaining employment at Camp Mabry, which allowed him to establish financial security and secure benefits. Tre and his Front Steps Case Manager found housing, and with his new stability he felt able to finish his education—he is now only 7 credits away from getting his high school diploma through Goodwill’s Excel Center. Tre states that he has never been happier and has high hopes to attend college and pursue a career in business.

“Front Steps has Rapid ReHousing (RRH) intervention for single adult men staying in our shelter. A client is referred to RRH if they are enrolled in shelter case management. RRH is designed to be the quickest way out of homelessness for those clients who have primarily financial barriers to housing stability. A lot of people experiencing homelessness and staying in the shelter can afford rent–but they cannot afford rent AND application fees, security and utility deposits. These individuals may also have rental debt, and RRH case management can deal with that as well. We have a really good success rate, these clients are stable in housing when we exit them from Rapid ReHousing.

Heather Thomas, Assistant Director of Shelter Programs