Rapid re-housing happens through partnerships with organizations like ALPHA project and Southbay Community Services, and has become an increasingly important tool in a community’s response to homelessness. The model has shown success on an individual level – helping households exit homelessness and not return to a shelter. Additionally, it has helped communities decrease the number of people experiencing homelessness and the amount of time households spend homeless.
Rapid re-housing places a priority on moving a family or individual experiencing homelessness into permanent housing as quickly as possible, ideally within 30 days of a client becoming homeless and entering a program. While originally aimed primarily at people experiencing homelessness due to short-term financial crises, the program also includes individuals and families who are traditionally perceived as more difficult to serve. This includes people with limited or no income and survivors of domestic violence. This program states that, on average, 4 to 6 months of financial assistance is sufficient to stably re-house a household.