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 Guidance

  • Rapid Re-Housing Prioritization & Paperwork Requirements during State’s Declaration of Public Health & Civil Preparedness Emergency — UPDATED (3-1-2021 Memorandum)
  • Rapid Re-Housing Prioritization & Paperwork Requirements during State’s Declaration of Public Health & Civil Preparedness Emergency — UPDATED (12-9-2020 Memorandum)


CoC or ESG Funded RRH Program:

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) RRH Program:

ALL CT Programs:

Connecticut’s RRH Learning Collaboratives

CCEH organizes 2 learning collaboratives (Rapid Re-Housing & Youth Rapid Re-Housing) which meet every other month for RRH providers to troubleshoot and support each other in implementing best practices for their programs. Meetings are open to any RRH provider in Connecticut, regardless of funding sources. 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.

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Understanding RRH

Youth Rapid Re-Housing

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