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Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Toolkit

Toolkits  |  June 7, 2017

Providers around the country are finding that rapid re-housing can be an effective intervention to help young people experiencing homelessness. These providers are using the same core components of rapid re-housing as adult rapid re-housing providers: housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and case management and services, but tailoring each component according to where young people are in their life journeys.

Through the Alliance’s Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Learning Community and Practice Knowledge Project, we gathered some key lessons learned from innovative providers about how they are implementing the model for youth:

  • Rapid re-housing for youth requires purposefully embracing a client-driven, Housing First philosophy.
  • Landlord engagement is crucial to implementing a successful rapid re-housing for youth program.
  • Rapid re-housing can work for youth, but it will need to be a little different from an adult rapid re-housing model.
  • Getting the services right is key for youth success in rapid re-housing.
  • Rapid re-housing for youth requires flexibility—in case management style, in funding, and in outcome measures.

To help you get started, the Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Toolkit is broken into several topic areas:  (1) Housing First; (2) Overview of Rapid Re-Housing; (3) Core Component 1: Housing Identification; (4) Core Component 2: Rent and Move-In Assistance; (5) Core Component 3: Rapid Re-Housing Case Management and Services; and (6) Rapid Re-Housing as a Systems Approach to Ending Youth Homelessness.

TOOLKIT:

Rapid re-housing has become an increasingly important tool in communities’ responses to homelessness. This intervention has shown success on the individual level – helping households exit homelessness and not return to shelter. Additionally, it has helped communities decrease the number of people experiencing homelessness and the amount of time households spend homeless.

Providers around the country are finding that rapid re-housing can be an effective intervention to help young people experiencing homelessness. These providers are using the same core components of rapid re-housing as adult rapid re-housing providers: housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and case management and services, but tailoring each component according to where young people are in their life journeys.

Rapid re-housing has become an increasingly important tool in communities’ responses to homelessness. This intervention has shown success on the individual level – helping households exit homelessness and not return to shelter. Additionally, it has helped communities decrease the number of people experiencing homelessness and the amount of time households spend homeless.

Providers around the country are finding that rapid re-housing can be an effective intervention to help young people experiencing homelessness. These providers are using the same core components of rapid re-housing as adult rapid re-housing providers: housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and case management and services, but tailoring each component according to where young people are in their life journeys.