Our Rapid Rehousing program helps individuals and families experiencing homelessness obtain and maintain permanent housing. Our organization strives to nurture positive, professional relationships with landlords in the community to quickly house our participants and promote the purpose of the Rapid Rehousing program.
Program participants are enrolled into the program through the Coordinated Entry process, or they transition from our Emergency Family Shelter into Rapid Rehousing. To qualify for the program, participants must score a certain number on their VI-SPDAT. VI-SPDAT stands for Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool, and it is used as a pre-assessment to quickly determine which clients are at the highest risk and should be served first. It also helps providers determine which programs a client qualifies for, and which program is best suited to meet a client’s needs, such as Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing, or Shelter Plus Care. The information on the VI-SPDAT is collected via self-reporting.
Participants receive up to 30 days of case management prior to being housed, and can remain in the program for up to two years (with recertification). During their participation, participants can receive financial and rental assistance on a graduated system. The YWCA will pay a portion of the family or individual’s rent, and that portion will slowly decrease as the participant becomes more financially stable and independent. We are able to pay security and utility deposits, prorated rent, rental arrears, moving costs, and other expenses associated with moving into a new place. While participants receive assistance, they also receive case management services to provide them with a supportive mentor who can help them achieve goals related to maintaining permanent housing.