2.11 Introduction to Rapid Re-Housing for Families, Individuals, and Youth (London)
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Rapid re-housing programs are reducing the length of time people reside in shelter before returning to housing in the community. This introductory workshop will provide an overview of the rapid ...

Rapid re-housing programs are reducing the length of time people reside in shelter before returning to housing in the community. This introductory workshop will provide an overview of the rapid re-housing approach for practitioners and local policymakers unfamiliar with the model. Housing search, landlord negotiation, rental assistance, and home-based case management service strategies will be reviewed.

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  • When I started to prepare I thought I was supposed to convince you that rapid rehousing for single adults was the right thing for people experiencing homelessness– then I thought why wouldn’t it be? It’s the right thing if you believe people deserve the dignity of a home It’s the right thing if you believe that trying to figure out where to sleep, where to eat and where to go to the bathroom takes up so much time and energy, that if you solved that problem, people could focus on other issues And it’s the right thing because it saves money in the long run. So why wouldn’t it work?
  • People can’t afford housing People have little or no income or income insufficient to pay rent People have little or poor credit SO what can we do to overcome those barriers? In Montgomery County – we have three programs for individuals that are rapid rehousing or housing first programs – one operated by the County government with HPRP funding and two operated by MCCH

2.11 Introduction to Rapid Re-Housing for Families, Individuals, and Youth (London) 2.11 Introduction to Rapid Re-Housing for Families, Individuals, and Youth (London) Presentation Transcript

  • Rapid Rehousing for Individuals – Why Not? NAEH Conference July 12, 2010
  • Barriers to rapid rehousing
    • Lack of income
    • Poor credit
    • High rent
  • Montgomery County DHHS
    • Administering HPRP funding
    • Targeting singles and families
  • Population
      • Past history of housing stability
      • Assessment of employability in 18 months
      • Clean and sober for 6 months
      • HUD’s definition of homeless
      • Income less that 50% AMI in last 30 days
      • Legal resident
      • Lost housing in Montgomery County
  • Vocational Services
    • Job search
    • Job placement
    • Vocational counseling
    • Training programs
    • Financial literacy
    • Budgeting
  • Other services
    • Rental subsidy up to 18 months
    • Case management services
    • Assessed every 3 months for eligibility
    • Housing locator services
  • Who it is serving and who it is not
    • Good for newly homeless who have experienced job loss due to recession
    • Outcomes are tied to vocational success and ability to pay rent
    • Short term subsidy may not work
    • Not appropriate for chronically homeless
  • Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless – Housing First
    • Partnership for Permanent Housing
    • 180 households (singles and families) in scattered site with multiple rental subsidy sources
    • Home First
    • SHP program for 30 chronically homeless single adults
  • Partnership for Permanent Housing – Rental Subsidies
    • LONG TERM RENTAL SUBSIDIES:
    • Project Based Housing Choice Vouchers
    • County deep rental subsidy program
    • Federal HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance
  • PPH Services
    • Home based case management
    • Harm reduction
    • Tenant services – rights and responsibilities of tenants
    • Liaison with landlords
    • MCCH as leaseholder
    • Linkages to community resources
  • Home First
    • SHP funding for leasing
    • MCCH signs leases
    • Off site psychiatric services from licensed mental health provider (6 x a month)
    • Tenant services
    • Harm reduction
    • Liaison with landlords
  • For more information
    • Sharan London
    • Executive Director
    • Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
    • 600 B East Gude Drive Rockville MD 20850
    • 301-217-0314