Understanding Rapid Re-Rousing through Participants' Experiences

US Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research 2020

54 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2021

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Anna Jefferson

Abt Associates, Inc.

Lauren Dunton

Abt Associates, Inc.

Hannah Thomas

Abt Associates, Inc.

Anna Mahathey

Abt Associates, Inc.

Jill Khadduri

Abt Associates, Inc.

Date Written: August 2020

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Historical, HUD Assisted Renters, Housing and Supportive Services for People with Special Needs and the Homeless

Suggested Citation

Jefferson, Anna and Dunton, Lauren and Thomas, Hannah and Mahathey, Anna and Khadduri, Jill, Understanding Rapid Re-Rousing through Participants' Experiences (August 2020). US Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3895835

Anna Jefferson (Contact Author)

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Lauren Dunton

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Hannah Thomas

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Anna Mahathey

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Jill Khadduri

Abt Associates, Inc.

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

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