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A New Approach to Homelessness: Rapid Re-Housing

Local people are moving quickly from homelessness to permanent housing due to a new approach called rapid re-housing, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported today. The story -- which features United Way partner agencies CARITASHomeAgain, Homeward, and Virginia Supportive Housing -- describes the advantages of rapid re-housing and why it works:

"It used to be thought that shelters had to hold on to families for a very long time and get them ready to be housed," said Katie Chlan, executive director of HomeAgain, which runs emergency shelters and transitional programs in Richmond. "For less money and better outcomes, it makes sense to get families out of shelters and into permanent housing as quickly as possible."

Once families and individuals move from the shelters to permanent housing, they are connected with support services in the community that will help them stay in their new homes.

United Way is proud to support CARITAS, HomeAgain, Homeward and Virginia Supportive Housing in the work to help families and individuals have the resources, opportunities and skills to meet their basic needs. Your United Way support ensures that a safety net of services is available in the region and that families and individuals are supported in crisis.

To read the story about rapid re-housing,
visit the Times-Dispatch website.