According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness:
An example of Rapid Rehousing would include assessing people as they entered a homeless shelter for the first time. Focusing on those who still have an income - they may have lost their home but they are still employed. The shelter would then provide financial aid, perhaps paying a months rent and deposits for move in and utilities for a new apartment. This gets the homeless person right back out of homelessness, and in the long run saves the shelter money that it would otherwise spend on the person as he/she stayed in the shelter for several months.
- people served with rapid re-housing are homeless for shorter periods of time than those assisted with shelter or transitional housing;
- more people exit to permanent housing from rapid re-housing programs than from shelter or transitional housing;
- compared to those people who exit to permanent housing from transitional housing or shelter, those that exit through rapid re-housing are less likely to return to homelessness; and
- rapid re-housing is less expensive per exit to permanent housing than shelter or transitional housing.