National Alliance to End Homelessness Unveils Rapid-Rehousing Toolkit
In recent years, communities have focused on rapid re-housing as a way to help people, including youth, quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. Typically services are structured to meet each client's needs. The core components of a rapid re-housing are housing identification, financial assistance for rent and moving in, and case management and services.
But young people experiencing homelessness may not fully understand the rights and responsibilities of living on their own. As part of an ongoing series of resources on rapid re-housing, the National Alliance to End Homelessness has unveiled a set of tools you can use to help youth develop an effective plan for getting housing and keeping it. You could also use the tools to develop a lifeskills session on housing planning.
The seven resources included in the new toolkit are:
- The Housing Barrier Scale: In a simple chart, determine possible barriers to the young person getting rental assistance or meeting other housing needs.
- Landlord Benefits Checklist: Use this checklist to market your program to potential landlords. Learn how to customize the document so it looks professional when you send it to potential collaborators.
- Housemate Upsides and Downsides: This chart will enable you to work with youth to determine the pros and cons of sharing their living space. Thinking about potential problems upfront can help youth make better decisions before they move in--and they may be more likely to end up in a good living situation.
- Shared Housing Agreement: Help youth tailor this document to create an agreement they can sign with their housemates and share with landlords.
- Apartment Comparison Checklist: Youth can compare up to three apartments at one time, determine the pros and cons of different apartments, and see how well each apartment meets their needs.
- Lease Explanation Tool: Help youth achieve and maintain a successful lease agreement by walking them through each step.
- Housing Specialist Job Description: Tailor this sample job description to the needs of your organization when you're hiring someone to help young people find housing.
The toolkit includes additional resources for working with clients who have experienced domestic violence.
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