Rapid re-housing initiatives

Program basics

  • Help individuals or families experiencing homeless quickly move into permanent housing
  • Services can include housing search assistance, case management, social services, financial assistance, and rent negotiations
  • Participation generally lasts 4–6 months

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)


Strong (second-highest tier)

Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Target population

Individuals experiencing homelessness

Program cost

Approximately $900 per family

Implementation locations

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Reduces the amount of time households experience homelessness
  • May decrease rates of homelessness and increase turnover rates at shelters
  • May improve household income, employment, financial stability, food security, physical and mental health, and general well-being

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Programs should focus on three main components: housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and case management and services.
  • Families are more easily transitioned out of temporary housing when programs have developed strong relationships with community institutions.
  • Programs should offer a range of services to clients, including financial literacy help, streamlined access to public benefits, health care, transportation solutions, and mental health assistance

Built for Zero - Abilene, TX

Built for Zero - Abilene, TX

Built for Zero in Abilene: Ending veteran and chronic homelessness through inter-agency collaboration and population-level data

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