Rapid rehousing is an intervention, utilizing a Housing First approach, that is a critical part of a community’s effective homeless crisis response system. Rapid re-housing rapidly connects families and individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing through a tailored package of assistance that may include the use of time-limited financial assistance and targeted supportive services. Rapid re-housing programs help families and individuals living on the streets or in emergency shelters solve the practical and immediate challenges to obtaining permanent housing while reducing the amount of time they experience homelessness, avoiding a near-term return to homelessness, and linking to community resources that enable them to achieve housing stability in the long-term. A fundamental goal of rapid re-housing is to reduce the amount of time a person is homeless.
Pathways rapid re-housing program supports individuals experiencing homelessness to rapidly exit homelessness through permanent housing. Additionally, ongoing services are provided to support households to identify and address barriers and goals as they relate to housing stability and sustainability.
Eligible households are single adults and adult headed households 18 and over which are experiencing literal homelessness at time of enrollment.
Participation in the Pathways Vermont Rapid Rehousing program is voluntary.
how it works
Pathways Vermont’s Rapid Re-housing team members offer targeted support to households to support them to locate, move in to, and retain permanent housing. Our specialized housing staff will provide housing location assistance by supporting households’ identified needs and barriers to housing. The housing team utilizes their unique skillset and landlord connections to support households to identify appropriate housing and to navigate housing tenancy. Additionally, the housing team may provide support to landlords, property owners and property managers throughout the households’ tenancy in the program.
In addition, a service team composed of locally based service coordinators will support the household in identifying and overcoming barriers to housing and housing sustainability. Service Coordination and the services detailed in the Housing Stability Plan (HSP) are individually tailored to the needs and preferences of the household. Participants collaborate with the Pathways Service Coordinator in the development and ongoing review of the housing stability plan. The housing stability plan is the basis for service engagement, support, and referral to community services.
Rapid Re-housing service coordination is a short‐term, individualized intervention focused on assisting the household to obtain and retain stable permanent housing. Service Coordinators almost exclusively work in the community.
Service coordination need not be limited to housing counseling and seeks to support the household in bettering themselves and supporting sustainability.
I don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow and where I’m going to eat or how I’m going to pay my rent. Everything’s starting to work out.” – Jack, program particpant
our veterans program
Pathways Vermont’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program provides rapid rehousing services to veteran families in Vermont.
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program is a national initiative funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs to address homelessness among veterans in the United States.
The SSVF program is housed in Vermont Veteran Services at the University of Vermont, with case management and housing services provided by Pathways Vermont. The program helps very-low income veteran households who are homeless or imminently at risk of homelessness gain and retain stable housing.
Services provided include needs assessment, intensive housing case management, assistance accessing VA benefits and financial assistance.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on eligibility and how to enroll.