Is an individual or family that is receiving Rapid Re-Housing Assistance considered homeless for purposes of remaining eligible for other permanent housing placements?

Date Published: March 2013

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Yes. Program participants that are receiving Rapid Re-Housing Assistance through programs such as the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program, or the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program (VHPD) maintain their homeless status for the purpose of eligibility for other permanent housing programs, such as HUD-VASH and CoC-funded permanent supportive housing (so long as they meet any other additional eligibility criteria for these programs). Program participants only maintain their homeless status during the time period that they are receiving the rapid re-housing assistance. Rapid re-housing is a model for helping homeless individuals and families obtain and maintain permanent housing, and it can be appropriate to use as a bridge to other permanent housing programs.

It is important to note that although the program participants in rapid re-housing are considered homeless for purposes of eligibility for other programs, the housing itself is still considered permanent housing; therefore, these program participants are not considered homeless for counting purposes, and must not be included in the CoC's sheltered point-in-time count.

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