Some Homeless Advocates Question 'Rapid Re-Housing' Program

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During the Great Recession when hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs each month, Congress authorized $1.5 billion aimed at keeping this rising unemployment from sparking a homelessness crisis.

In 2009, the federal government created a new program to quickly get homeless people into apartments, or keep people from becoming homeless in the first place. Now, the federal program is over, but "rapid re-housing," as it’s called, has caught on across the country.

In Washington, D.C., it’s become one of the main tools for helping families out of homelessness. But as Jacob Fenston of Here & Now contributing station WAMU reports, some homeless advocates question the program’s success.


This segment aired on March 4, 2015.


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