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Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness, return to housing in the community, and not become homeless again in the near term. The core components of rapid re-housing are housing identification, move-in and rent assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. These core components represent the minimum that a program must provide to be considered a rapid re-housing program, but do not fully describe what constitutes an effective rapid re-housing program.

This toolkit, created by the National Alliance to End Homelessness is intended to help current and potential rapid re-housing providers design and operate effective rapid re-housing programs that are successful in ending homelessness for individuals and families through the use of the three core components of rapid re-housing. It provides details on recommended rapid re-housing program design and practice. It is based on what is currently considered best practice by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Abt Associates, and high-performing rapid re-housing programs. As rapid re-housing practice continues to evolve, this toolkit will be updated.

This toolkit is a companion to the Rapid Re-Housing Performance Benchmarks and Program Standards and the Performance Evaluation and Improvement Toolkit.