Rapid Re-housing

Rapid re-housing helps people experiencing homelessness move quickly from emergency shelters or the streets into housing. Rapid re-housing funds are flexible, offering short- and medium-term rental subsidies, security deposits, utility assistance, or other start-up costs that are needed to quickly secure housing.

MHSA's Rapid Re-housing program helps homeless individuals and families move quickly from Boston's shelters or streets into housing. Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the ESG Rapid Re-housing program is a collaboration between MHSA and HomeStart. In FY17, the program helped 114 individuals and 66 families move into permanent housing.

MHSA’s Rapid Re-Housing for Families (R2F2) program, another collaboration between MHSA and HomeStart, helps move families who are living in shelter, on the streets, or fleeing from domestic violence into permanent housing by providing housing search and financial assistance for moving and other housing-related costs. In addition to removing barriers to housing, the program helps newly-housed families maintain their tenancies through the provision of stabilization case management and referrals to resources. In the program’s first year, 49 households were served, far exceeding the program goal of 35 households. Now in its second year, the program is on target to reach at least 35 households, with 23 already having been served.

For more information about rapid re-housing, visit the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Solutions page.