HUD and USICH Remain Focused on Rapid Rehousing Strategies

In February of 2012, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan addressed HUD grant recipients to encourage them to invest an “unprecedented percentage of their funding in rapid rehousing.”  The Secretary noted that helping people who have recently experienced homelessness quickly get back into permanent housing can have the greatest impact on ending homelessness. 

This month, HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) are renewing their focus on the rapid rehousing strategy through a public announcement entitled “Growing Your Investment in Rapid Rehousing.”  The announcement highlights rapid rehousing as a “cost efficient and effective” intervention for solving homelessness and encourages communities to reallocate their funds to increase rapid rehousing opportunities.  This practice was proven successful through the Recovery Act’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP), an initiative that provided homelessness prevention assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless due to the economic crisis as well as assistance to rapidly re-house persons who are homeless (HPRP ended nationwide in September, 2012.)

For an overview of rapid rehousing, read the USICH public notice, or visit the USICH Solutions Database for rapid rehousing best practices.