The Diversion and Rapid Re-housing program provides housing relocation and stabilization services and short-term and medium-term rental assistance from three to twelve months to assist families with children who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
Clients receive assistance to stay in their current housing (Diversion) or find suitable housing (Rapid Re-Housing).
Once a family is identified for Diversion or Rapid Re-housing, we use the Progressive Engagement model and Motivational Interviewing technique to work with the family. Using this strategy we start with most modest amount of assistance possible to alleviate the immediate housing crisis and divert the family from homelessness, stabilizing them in their current housing, and providing the minimum amount assistance necessary to help the family quickly develop the capacity to maintain their housing.
While in the program each family is assessed every three months to determine the types and levels of assistance required and the family ability to maintain their housing independently. If after 3 or 6 months it becomes clear that a family in the Diversion portion of the program is not be able to stabilize in their housing, they are evaluated for other programs and/or the Rapid Re-Housing portion of this program.
The Diversion/Rapid Rehousing Program partners with and accept referrals from homeless families, Access Point 4 Housing, 211, and local emergency shelters with residents who meet the Eligibility Criteria. The Diversion/Rapid Rehousing case manager partners with the Landlord Liaison Project to locate units in the areas the families are from where possible. Services are individualized and tailored to each family.
The mission of Helping Hand House is to prevent and end family homelessness. The Diversion/Rapid Re-Housing program supports our mission by reducing the number of families experiencing homelessness in Pierce County, reducing the amount of time families are homeless, increasing the number of families moving to permanent housing, the number receiving diversion assistance, making it possible to stabilize in their existing housing, and reducing the number of families who recede back into homelessness after obtaining permanent housing.