Housing Services

The speed with which the CoC responds to a housing crisis matters. Homelessness is traumatic, and trauma disrupts the development of the brain, particularly for children age 5 and under.

The more a child experiences Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), the more at-risk they are for alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, and suicide. Further, studies show a significant association between the number of ACES in people currently experiencing homelessness and those with an experience of homelessness sometime over the course of their life. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports policies to prevent ACES, including those that focus on safe, affordable housing.

More information on Adverse Childhood Experiences can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information on children's health can be found through the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health.

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) programs provide rental assistance and support services to move persons experiencing homelessness into permanent housing as quickly as possible and keep them there. Strategies such as progressive engagement ensure the level of assistance is “just enough” of what a household needs to remain housed using stability metrics to determine when a program participant can successfully take on and maintain rental payments. RRH is less expensive than other housing interventions and has demonstrated effectiveness among persons experiencing homelessness that are often categorized as difficult to serve.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) programs provide a permanent rental subsidy and support services for people with multiple and significant barriers to housing stability. The amount of assistance is not time-limited and is delivered through individualized case management. PSH is cost-effective and reduces the cost burdens placed on other systems, such as hospitals and jails.

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