We have said before that the reasons why people experience homelessness are complex, but the solutions are not. Ensuring that people can access stable and safe housing and maintain that housing is the solution to homelessness.
Preble Street created its Rapid Re-Housing program (RRH) in 2020 to move more people from homelessness to permanent housing. Rapid Re-Housing is an evidence-based and housing first intervention designed to help individuals quickly exit homelessness, return to housing in the community, and not become homeless again in the future.
Since its start, RRH has worked with people experiencing homelessness in the greater Portland area, including a focus on victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or human trafficking. Thanks to funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition announced earlier this week by Senator Susan Collins, Preble Street will be expanding its Rapid Re-Housing program to the cities of Lewiston and Auburn over the coming months. The aim of this funding is to serve 30 households over a year and connect them to permanent housing, reducing the time those people experience homelessness and limit returns to homelessness.
RRH has three critical components...
Participants work with a Preble Street caseworker to create an individualized housing plan with the goal of obtaining a connection to permanent housing as quickly as possible. Along with connecting people experiencing homelessness to housing, the RRH program also helps keep individuals and families from becoming homeless in the first place.
Preble Street case managers build relationship with clients to inform the work but also, just as importantly, build relationships with landlords, and this supports in stability. Preble Street works with clients both before and after they are housed, and for as long as they need to ensure stability.
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