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More and more communities are embracing Housing First approaches to ending homelessness that focus on permanent housing solutions, such as rapid re-housing.
While Housing First and rapid re-housing are no longer novel concepts, the change that communities must often make administratively, structurally, and philosophically to move a system toward adopting these approaches can require navigating a complex set of factors.
Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness, return to housing in the community, and not become homeless again in the near term. The core components of rapid re-housing are housing identification, move-in and rent assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. These core components represent the minimum that a program must provide to be considered a rapid re-housing program, but do not fully describe what constitutes an effective rapid re-housing program.