Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid Re-housing (RRH) is an evidence-based approach to end homelessness as quickly as possible for families and individuals. It centers on a school of thought called “Housing First,” the idea that people are much more likely to find success when they are no longer in a stressful crisis situation; rather than wait for people who have become homeless to be “housing ready,” shelters help them into housing first, and then connect them with any additional services they might need. This intervention has low barriers to entry, high placement rates, and low rates of return to shelter.

Rapid re-housing acts as a trampoline, using targeted financial assistance and short-term services to quickly return individuals and families who have slipped into homelessness back into housing and stability. For shelters, using rapid re-housing to “exit” families and individuals into stable housing situations frees up shelter beds, reduces shelter overcrowding, and frees staff time to provide more intensive services for those with greater needs.

In Connecticut, many rapid re-housing providers access assistance funds from the Connecticut Rapid Re-housing Program, a program created by the Department of Housing after the success of the 2010 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP). However, shelters across the state are increasingly finding other avenues of funding in order to quickly move families and individuals into their own housing.

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History and Research of Rapid Re-Housing in Connecticut

In 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) allowed providers in Connecticut to greatly expand rapid re-housing services. Under HPRP, and in three years, CT providers re-housed 3,100 people in over 1,600 households.

In 2013, we looked back on this data to consider the questions: Were these resources well spent? Did those people return to shelter? We found that three years after receiving rapid re-housing, eighty-two percent (82%) of singles and 95% of Families have not returned to a Connecticut shelter. At the two year post-exit mark, almost 90% of singles and 94% of families had not returned to shelter.

In 2013,  New London Homeless Hospitality Center implemented rapid re-housing at a scale substantial enough to have several important and positive effects on clients and the shelter. Read the full CCEH pilot program brief. Through this pilot, NLHHC:

  • Re-housed relatively large numbers of shelter clients over a short period of time;
  • Shortened average length of time clients were homeless in this shelter; and
  • Reduced shelter census substantially over the period of at-scale implementation.

For more history on rapid re-housing nationally, read the National Alliance to End Homelessness’s Rapid Re-Housing: A History and Core Components.

Connecticut’s RRH Program Resources

  • Department Of Housing (DOH) RRH Program Documents (zipped folder)
    This zipped folder is full of documents directly from the CT Department of Housing to be used for the implementation and CT’s RRH program.
  • Environmental Review Documents (zipped folder)
    This zipped folder contains documents and guidance on the new Environmental Review requirement by HUD that applies to all RRH projects funded by CoC or ESG.
         – View a video recording explaining how to complete Environmental Reviews for DOH.
         – Visit the CT Balance of State website for more materials and guidance. 
  • Rapid Re-Housing Data Dashboards 
    View data pulled directly from Connecticut’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  • An Evaluation of the Connecticut Rapid Re-housing Program (PDF)
    The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) initiated this evaluation of the CT Rapid Re-housing program (CT RRH) across the state of Connecticut to understand and improve statewide RRH performance. The evaluation was conducted by The UConn Health Disparities Institute (HDI). Funding was provided by the Melville Charitable Trust from January 2014 to October 2016 and data collection occurred from September 2014 to April 2016.
  • Rapid Re-housing at Scale in Connecticut: New London Homeless Hospitality Center Pilot Program (PDF)
    The CCEH report on a case study of rapid re-housing in New London, Connecticut in partnership with the New London Homeless Hospitality Center (NLHHC). This report contains information about how the program was implemented as well as the results. 


Connecticut’s RRH Learning Collaborative

CCEH organizes learning collaborative meetings every other month for RRH providers to troubleshoot and support each other in implementing best practices for their RRH programs. These meetings are open to any RRH provider in Connecticut. Please contact us to be included in these meetings.


Critical Time Intervention (CTI) Pilot Program

In 2017, Connecticut’s rapid re-housing providers embarked on a pilot to implement Critical Time Intervention (CTI) as a strategy to improve the client’s capacity to remain housed during program participation and beyond by effectively connecting them with crucial community supports and helping them to attain greater economic stability.


Provider Resources

Understanding RRH

Youth Rapid Re-Housing

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