Rapid Re-housing (RRH)

What is RRH? (§ 578.37(a)(1)(ii))

RRH is permanent housing that provides short-term (up to three months) and medium-term (4-24 months) tenant-based rental assistance and supportive services to households experiencing homelessness.

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Even if the rental assistance provided to the program participant is for less than one year, the tenant must still hold a one-year lease.

HUD does not require an individual have a disability to qualify for RRH. However, the program participant must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the NOFA under which the project was funded.

For more general information on the RRH program component, please see the RRH Brief.

How does RRH under the CoC Program differ from RRH under the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program?

For administrative ease and when possible, HUD developed consistent eligible costs and program requirements for RRH for both the CoC and ESG programs. However, some significant differences remain in the eligible costs and requirements for RRH activities administered under the ESG and CoC programs.

For more information on how RRH assistance differs between the two programs, please see RRH: ESG vs. CoC.

How does a CoC determine the level of RRH assistance to provide to a program participant?

The CoC is required to establish written standards of which RRH projects are required to follow. RRH projects have the opportunity to coordinate with their CoC and participate in the process to determine written standards of assistance for all RRH projects within the CoC. This includes establishing standards for determining and prioritizing which households will receive RRH assistance, how income will be calculated, and determining what percentage or amount of rent that each RRH program participant will pay ( § 578.37(a)(1)(ii) (A-B)).

What are the supportive service requirements for RRH?

RRH programs must offer participants supportive services to help them achieve long-term housing stability. Program participants are required to meet with a case manager at least once a month and should have access to a broad array of additional services to help them maintain housing. In addition, services may be provided for up to 6 months after the rental assistance ends (§ 578.37(a)(1)(ii)(C-F)).

What are the recertification requirements for RRH programs?

The CoC Program Interim Rule requires that RRH programs annually reevaluate whether program participants lack sufficient resources and support networks necessary to retain housing without CoC Program assistance, and the types and amounts of assistance that the program participant needs to retain housing. The program may also require that participants notify them of changes in their income or other circumstances that affect their need for assistance. If given such notice, the program should reevaluate the participant’s eligibility and amount and types of assistance needed (§ 578.37(a)(1)(ii)(E)).