Rapid Re-housing is a nationally recognized best practice for addressing episodic homelessness, which is primarily the result of economic hardship (e.g., job loss, emergency medical expenses). Rapid re-housing programs provide individuals and families with immediate, short-term assistance to help them exit homelessness.
Appropriate candidates for Rapid-rehousing:
- Are employed or employable
- Have a limited criminal history
- Have fair rental history
- Have fair credit history
- Have no significant barriers (e.g., chronic mental health conditions) to stable housing except financial
According to the last Atlanta Tri-Jurisdictional Point-in-Time count, in 2011, there were approximately 365 homeless family households (1,073 individuals) in Metro Atlanta, many of whom are a good fit for rapid re-housing.
Through the Unsheltered No More initiative, the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team has worked to identify local resources and national best practices that will enable us to launch a coordinated Rapid Re-Housing strategy to address episodic homelessness in Atlanta.
Key components of this strategy include:
- Rapid Re-Housing: Helping individuals and families identify affordable housing and providing them with financial assistance to cover move-in costs and rental assistance for a fixed time period (typically 3-6 months)
- Support Services Focused on Increased Income: Short-term wrap-around case management to help individuals and families achieve and maintain housing stability
Note: The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team was unable to identify the resource streams necessary to fully pursue a Rapid Re-Housing strategy within the Unsheltered No More time frame. However, the Mayor’s team is continuing to pursue resources and partnerships to address episodic homelessness in Atlanta in 2014 and beyond.
- Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency
- Atlanta First Step Staffing, Inc.
- Buckhead Christian Ministry
- First Presbyterian Church
- Project Community Connections, Inc.