The Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) approach has been endorsed by HUD, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the federal government through the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, and ensuing regulations for the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programs. Rapid Re-Housing has been added as an eligible program component to both of these funding streams. Consistent with new requirements for written system-wide program standards, this page will provide documentation of what we are learning, towards development of a common set of system-wide standards for Rapid Re-Housing programs.
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As of July 2013, four RRH projects will be in operation in Sonoma County. The first project, funded by the Sonoma County Community Development Commissionwith ESG funding, was established as a pilot to test out whether this model can contribute to reducing family homelessness in this high-cost housing market. This project
aimed to quickly re-house newly homeless families with children, who have few barriers to becoming self-sufficient. The RRH Pilot reliee on a triage tool describing client barriers to obtaining and retaining housing to target Level 1 and Level 2 families (see the Rapid Re-Housing Triage Tool document below). The SCCDC set aside funds for an evaluation of this implementation so the entire CoC could learn from it. For SCCDC documents on this RRH Pilot, operated by Catholic Charities, see this page on the CD Funding wiki.
Due to program start-up, the $7,685 cost per successful PH outcome is higher than is expected in future years, now that the program is established.
For more information about Catholic Charities' RRH program, contact Susan Sheren; documents from the evaluation will be posted on this page for the benefit of others interested in developing RRH projects.
You can download a copy of this dashboard, including a blank version for your program's use, below.
A second RRH project opened January 2013, operated by Interfaith Shelter Network and targeted to homeless individuals and families assessing at a Level 3 or Level 4 on the RRH Triage Tool. For information about IFSN's RRH program, contact Sienna Johnston. For information about COTS' program serving homeless families, contact Jenna Garcia. For information about new RRH resources for single adults, contact Susan Sheren.

For the benefit of other agencies wishing to investigate this approach, below we will post a library of helpful documents for designing RRH projects, and all the common program materials developed by RRH programs and the RRH Pilot Evaluation.

Sonoma County Rapid Re-Housing Program Standards in Development (as of September 11, 2013):


Other documents noted in the RRH program standards:
Acceptable Forms of Identification:

Homeless definition & documentation:

Eligibility Screening Tool:

Assessment tool:

Sample budget:


Other useful tools:

Triage tool developed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) to help local agencies focus their RRH projects:
A guide to developing RRH projects, by the National Alliance:

Additional tools developed by Interfaith Shelter Network that can be adapted for individual agency use:

A logic model describing how the RRH Pilot operated by Catholic Charities (2012-13) was intended to work.

Questions and data collection planned under the RRH Pilot Evaluation (2012-13)

Blank version of the RRH Dashboard for local projects' use.

Reporting tool developed for the RRH Pilot Evaluation (2012-13), with 12 months' data.



View an informative 12 minute video about the impact of RRH in various communitiesposted April 17th, 2013