In March of 2016, SHIELDS launched the Rapid Re-Housing for Adults and Veterans (RRAV) program. Rapid re-housing is an intervention which rapidly connects individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing through a tailored package of assistance.
The overall goal of SHIELDS’ RRAV program is to help individuals living on the streets or in emergency shelters solve the practical and immediate challenges to obtaining permanent housing while reducing the amount of time they experience homelessness, avoiding a near-term return to homelessness, and linking to community resources that enable them to achieve housing stability in the long-term.
SHIELDS’ RRAV program provides services to single adults and veterans in Service Planning Area 6 of Los Angeles County.
SHIELDS’ RRAV program provides housing identification services, rental and move-in assistance, case management, and linkage and referral services.
SHIELDS’ RRAV Case Managers provide housing identification services to help adults and veterans find appropriate rental housing. We work with landlords in the City of Los Angeles to identify appropriate facilities, and help program participants determine whether a housing option meets their needs and preferences. Case managers also assist participants with completing necessary application paperwork.
Rental and move-in assistance is also provided to qualifying participants to cover move-in costs, deposits, and rental and/or utility fees.
Case management services are provided to help overcome and troubleshoot barriers to acquiring and maintaining permanent housing, and monitor participants’ housing stability after securing housing and during program participation. Case Managers also conduct complete assessments designed to assess participants’ housing and auxiliary service needs and develop a comprehensive service plan to address those identified needs.
Finally, Case Managers provide linkage and referral services to vocational, educational, and behavioral health treatment programs at SHIELDS and other community-based providers that provide food, clothing, and transportation for those in need.
SHIELDS’ RRAV program is made possible through a grant from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and a partnership with Special Services for Groups (SSG).