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Rapid Rehousing A Local Perspective. What is Rapid Rehousing? Rapid return to h ousing as an alternative to longer shelter stays Part of the crisis response system—different from permanent supportive housing. Why?.

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Rapid Rehousing

A Local Perspective

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What is Rapid Rehousing?

Rapid return to housing as an

alternative

to longer shelter stays

Part of the crisis response system—different from permanent supportive housing

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Why?
  • Makes better use of shelter capacity—serve more people with the same number of beds.
  • Frees up staff to help those with greatest need.
  • Prevents the start of the downward spiral that can begin with an experience of homelessness.
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Our first pilot

  • 53 People Re-housed
  • 70% remained housed at one year follow-up
  • http://www.cceh.org/publications/detail/rapid-re-housing-at-scale-in-new-london-conn
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New London Homeless Hospitality Center Goal:

  • DO RAPID REHOUSING AT SCALE
  • Facilitate rapid exit from shelter for every guest who:
  • Has income
    • SSI/ SSDI
    • Unemployment
    • Job—steady
    • Jobs--off the books
    • Family support
    • State Assistance
    • LMHA clients
    • ATR eligible
  • Finds employment
  • Has housing options (with family or friends)
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A system that encourages rapid exit

  • Ability toimmediately identify, engage and track everyone eligible for rapid rehousing
  • Rapid Rehousing begins at Intake
  • Immediate capture of income--Housing savings accounts
  • Frequent reminders
  • All staff, all the time, focus on rapid rehousing
  • Deadlines—Guest shares responsibility for rehousing
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Housing Location Support

  • Develop an inventory of every type of housing
      • Apartments
      • Boarding Houses
      • Shared Units
      • Renting rooms
      • Sober Houses
      • Public Housing
      • Subsidized Housing
      • Live In Work
      • Board and Care
      • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Develop relationships with landlords
  • Skill at mediation—helping people return home
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Staffing Approaches

  • 1. Outside provider
  • 2. Part Time NLHHC and SMHA staff
  • Issues
  • Problems coordinating
  • Staff not in when guests need service
  • Problems coordinating with landlords
  • Not enough capacity to handle demand
  • 3. Full Time NLHHC staff
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Financial Assistance

Rehouisngdoesn’t always require rentalassistance

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Getting to scale, however,

requires access to financial assistance

NL Fund to End Homelessness $1,100 average

Rehoused with Financial Assistance from NLHHC shelter only

July 1, 2013-April 30, 2014

15% of total exits—still not at scale

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Putting the RAPID in Rapid Rehousing

New London Fund to End Homelessness

  • Subcontractors determine eligibility, find housing, secure documentation and authorize payment.
  • Peer Audits
  • On-line portal to submit rental assistance requests
  • Checks cut in 24-48 hours
  • On-line access to check payment status
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Supporting Housing Retention

  • Close the shelter door
  • Linkages to community based services
  • Ability to serve as a representative payee
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A system that encourages rapid exit

Housing Location Support

Financial Assistance

Supporting Housing Retention

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