Friday, May 16, 2014

Homeless Terms To Know - Rapid Rehousing

Rapid Rehousing is pretty much what it sounds like.  It quickly returns people to a housed situation.  It can also be considered a form of shelter diversion.

We know from experience that the longer a person stays homeless, the worse their homeless condition becomes, and the more difficult it is to remove them from homelessness.   We also know that for about 50% of the homeless population their only problem is a financial one.   With a source of funding, it is then relatively easy to return a segment of the homeless population back to normalcy - back to a homed life.

Rapid Rehousing is a program that determines which of the homeless need only financial support in obtaining housing, and supplies it.   Even for those people who have been homeless for a period of time, but now have a steady source of income, Rapid Rehousing can work for them.

First a homeless person applies for Rapid Rehousing.  His/her current income is determined.  The homeless person applies for apartments for which they could afford the monthly rent with their current income.   Then if the landlord agrees, the Rapid Rehousing agent will pay a portion of the rent and utilities - usually first and last months rent and utility deposits - so to provide a stable financial foundation for the homeless to start living on their own.  And it works as a guarantee of sorts for the landlord so to minimize the landlords risk in renting to a recently homeless person.

Just how much is paid depends on current income of the homeless person and the cost of rent and utilities - and the amount of funding available.

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