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Rapidly rehousing homeless families: New York City - a case study

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Friday, June 7, 2013 - 16:10
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Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness
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Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness
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New York, NY
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April 2013
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April 2013

Rapid rehousing or "housing first" has been heralded as the answer to ending family homelessness. New York City has the longest history with using rapid rehousing as a tool for placing homeless families into permanent housing. In this opinion brief, ICPH President and CEO Ralph Nunez points to New York City as a case study and takes a critical look at the long-term impact of federally driven rapid-rehousing policies. The brief raises fundamental questions about the effectiveness of rapid rehousing as a solution when it is used in a one-size-fits all manner.(author abstract)

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Some of the results are questionable - they offer no evidence that "Numerous families that were living doubled-up or in substandard housing saw an opportunity to secure new housing and entered the shelter system to get places in line." - the economy may be a more reasonable explanation. Their evidence on recidivism rates are useful however.

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