Provides short-term rental subsidies to families experiencing homelessness so they can move immediately into stable housing.
Classified as a best practice by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Rapid Re-Housing has emerged as the core and primary model in Washington state and across the country for impacting homelessness. Rapid Re-Housing shortens the amount of time that anyone spends homeless, which directly impacts our goal to make homelessness brief.
Short-term rental subsidies provided through Rapid Re-Housing programs are successful in getting people quickly housed, but they gradually zero out. That’s why Building Changes is adamant that Rapid Re-Housing models must include an employment component.
By coordinating Rapid Re-Housing and workforce services, families experiencing homelessness are better positioned to secure steady employment and earn the levels of income they need to pay rent and remain housed for the long term. We not only want families to find housing quickly, we want them to be able to support themselves once they are housed—so they can remain housed.
Resources from the Building Changes library:
- Integrating Rapid Re-Housing & Employment: Program & Policy Recommendations for Enhancing Rapid Re-Housing (Heartland Alliance National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity)