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.
Today we are releasing a new resource, Rapid Re-Housing: Creating Systems and Culture Change, that provides guidance for communities interested or currently engaged in efforts to expand rapid re-housing.
The paper examines strategies communities have used to engage leadership, providers, and the community in transforming their system. Learn about the common elements these communities describe as important for supporting change. All communities differ – not all of these actions will be necessary or required to make the shift, but it may be useful to consider them part of a larger strategy when beginning the process.
Listen to Melody Barr of the City of Houston talk about how they made the shift in their community.