Are You Currently Homeless and Looking For Housing?


Rapid Rehousing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. Assistance is offered to the literally homeless without preconditions such as employment, income, absence of criminal record, or sobriety. The resources and services provided are tailored to the household’s unique needs.

Rapid re-housing assistance is limited to literally homeless households. These households lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes those currently residing in a shelter and those exiting an institution where they resided temporarily for 90 days or fewer, with no housing resources.

Comprehensive Guide On Eligibility & Services

The three core components of rapid rehousing are housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and service.

Eligible rapid re-housing resources may cover the expenses listed below. Services vary from agency to agency and are dependent on funding availability.

  • Rent assistance:

    Rent assistance is tenant-based rental assistance that allows individuals and families to obtain and remain in a rental unit.

  • Rent arrears:

    Payment of rent arrears consists of a one-time payment for up to six months in arrears, including any late fees on those arrears. Rental arrears may be settled if the payment enables the project participant to obtain a housing unit. *Subject to funding availability and level of need.

  • Housing stabilization financial assistance:

    Housing relocation and stabilization services provide financial assistance to help project participants quickly access housing. The financial assistance may include security and utility deposits, last month’s rent, utility payments, utility arrears, moving costs, and application fees.

  • Housing stabilization case management:

    Case management includes the costs of assessing, arranging, coordinating, and monitoring the delivery of individualized services to facilitate housing stability. Services may include initial assessments, counseling, budget counseling, connecting individuals to the local Department of Social Services, help with applying for disability, and heating and cooling assistance.

  • Risk Mitigation Fund (State RRH Only):

    Risk mitigation is offered as a last resort to maintain landlord relationships and reduce rental barriers in efforts to increase the number of housing units available to people exiting homelessness. Funds may cover the cost to repair damages incurred that are not covered by the security deposit. They also may cover up to two months’ rent or the time until the vacant unit is filled, whichever comes first, when a tenant has left before the end of a lease.

Provision of any financial assistance is need based. Housing services agencies work closely with each household to determine the level and length of financial assistance necessary to obtain and maintain housing in the near term.

Call the Centralized Housing Intake.