Critical Time Intervention for Rapid Re-Housing

April 6, 2021  |  Toolkits and Training Materials

Critical Time Intervention for Rapid Re-Housing (CTI-RRH) is a time-limited evidence-based practice that mobilizes support for vulnerable individuals during periods of transition. The CTI-RRH model facilitates housing stability, community integration, and continuity of care, and has been successful in supporting the return to housing for people with serious mental illness, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, and many other groups. 

CTI and RRH are complimentary interventions, with CTI offering a structure for practice that focuses service interventions. The following tools and resources have been provided to aid communities in adapting the CTI-RRH model in their program(s).  

CTI-RRH Overview

CTI is especially well-suited as a case management model in support of rapid rehousing with homeless individuals and families. Both models share important characteristics and goals:

  • CTI is time-limited; its explicit aim is to provide intensive, targeted support during a critical period and then withdraw. It is compatible with efforts to intervene with people in crisis, especially during periods of housing instability.
  • CTI is not intended to become a primary source of ongoing support for vulnerable people. CTI workers aim to engage clients, locate effective services and supports in the community, and effectively link them together to promote long-term stability.
  • CTI is highly focused: CTI workers do not try to address all needs that vulnerable individuals and families may have. Rather, CTI focuses only on the key areas that place the client at risk of future housing instability. 
Introduction to CTI/RRH

The following videos provide a brief introduction to the CTI-RRH model. Learn about the CTI for RRH Program description, answers to frequently received questions, and some helpful talking points.  

CTI-RRH: Technical Assistance Replication Plan

This Technical Assistance Replication Plan (Plan) is a guide intended as a resource for funders, policy makers and practitioners who are interested in providing a program of technical assistance to organizations implementing the Critical Time Intervention (CTI) model in Rapid Rehousing (RRH) programs. This Plan was developed based on lessons learned in the state of Connecticut, which piloted an adaptation of CTI in the CT Department of Housing’s (DOH) RRH programs. This Plan provides an overview of the project and the CTI model and provides a phased plan for implementing CTI along with a program of training and technical assistance. 

View and Download the Plan Materials

CTI-RRH Trainings in Your Community

If you’re interested in learning how you can bring CTI-RRH to your community please contact:

Andrea White, MS, LMSW
Housing Innovations LLC
Steering Committee for the Center for the Advancement of CTI (CACTI) at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Suzanne Wagner, MS, LMSW
Housing Innovations LLC
Steering Committee for the Center for the Advancement of CTI (CACTI) at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Carolyn Hanesworth, Ph.D., LCSW
Researcher, Consultant, and Certified Critical Time Intervention Trainer
Center for the Advancement of Critical Time Intervention (CACTI) at Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work

Rapid Re-Housing Resources

The Alliance’s Rapid Re-Housing resources are intended to help current and potential rapid re-housing providers design and operate effective rapid re-housing programs. The tools below can help providers to be successful in ending homelessness for individuals and families through the use of the three core components of rapid re-housing.