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Understanding Rapid Re-housing


  • How effective are rapid rehousing programs?
  • Abt's Understanding Rapid Re-housing Study will answer important questions.
  • The study will culminate in a suite of resources to help stakeholders.
The Challenge

Individuals and families experiencing homelessness may spend a long time in an emergency shelter or transitional housing while they try to save money or arrange for a new place to live. Rapid re-housing (RRH) focuses on moving individuals and families experiencing homelessness into rental housing quickly with appropriate time-limited supports to help them stabilize.  But evaluations of the outcomes of several national RRH programs have shown mixed results. 

The Approach

Abt's Understanding Rapid Re-housing Study will answer important questions about RRH. The study has four components: 1) A review and synthesis of current research on RRH outcomes; 2) Analysis of RRH data on how families use RRH short-term rental assistance, before and after housing situations; 3) Creation of a comprehensive database of RRH programs with administrative and program data; and 4) Additional data collection through interviews and an ethnographic study of RRH participants at two study sites.