Understanding Rapid Re-housing through Participants' Experiences
The Understanding Rapid Re-housing study seeks to shed light on the current state of rapid re-housing (RRH) regarding participant outcomes as well as program practices in different types of communities. RRH, time limited rental assistance for people experiencing homelessness, is an increasingly popular option for quickly moving individuals and families out of emergency shelter and into housing. The ethnographic report, “Understanding Rapid Re-housing through Participants’ Experiences”, describes findings from qualitative research undertaken over the course of 15 months (from late 2018 through early 2020) with 16 households in two different communities during their time in RRH and after exit from the program. The researchers used an ethnographic approach consisting of in-depth interviews, home visits and case management observations, reviews of housing-related documents provided by participants, and ongoing phone and text communications. The report documents participants’ persistent barriers to housing stability even after exiting homelessness.