Showing posts with label shelter diversion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shelter diversion. Show all posts

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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Homeless Terms To Know - Shelter Diversion

Shelter Diversion is a relatively new practice that attempts to keep people out of homeless shelters - and can work as a form of homelessness prevention.

When a person first arrives at a shelter and requests services, he/she meets with someone who investigates the cause of his/her need for shelter, and attempts to resolve the issue.

The events that transpire, which lead a person to seek shelter, are varied, so the responses will also vary.

  • If a person was living with their parents, but there was a fallout in their relationship, an attempt will be made to reconcile the relationship so that the person can move back in with them.
  • If a person failed to make his rent payment, or otherwise dissatisfied his/her landlord, mitigation would be attempted to satisfy the landlord and get the person back into their home.
  • If it is not possible to return a person to the housing situation they were in before seeking help from a shelter, then other options for housing are sought.  (See: Rapid Rehousing).
Shelter Diversion attempts to keep the homeless population down as well as lowers the overall demand for shelter beds.

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