Unity Rapid Rehousing

Program Overview

Start Corporation’s Rapid Rehousing Program is a housing program that provides services to individuals, veterans and families (single persons or families) ages 18 and over and who are homeless as verified by the Continuum of Care, Unity of Greater New Orleans. The program draws on the components of the Housing First and Rapid Rehousing Models. This program provides subsidy administration and case management and housing assistance to persons in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. Start Corporation’s philosophy is based on the belief that recovery is strengthened and supported by having safe and stable housing, access to basic needs, being a part of a supportive social network, and having meaningful interests and activities. Our goal is to help the persons we serve obtain these things and to help them feel like productive members of their community.

Population Served

Individuals, Veterans and families, who are homeless in Orleans or Jefferson Parish



Days/Hours of Service

24 hours a day/7 days a week

Service Frequency

Service frequency is based upon the needs of the participant but at least twice per month. Rental subsidy should be paid to landlord for the 1st of each month or per lease requirements.

Payor Sources

Unity of Greater New Orleans (CoC) via HUD



Referral Sources

Referrals are made directly to Start Corporation by Unity of Greater New Orleans

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals, Veterans (single or in families), and families who are homeless

Exclusionary Criteria

Individuals who are not verified as homeless per HUD’s definition. Maximum capacity of 40 households served at any time with a maximum of 84 served yearly. Should a waitlist be needed, Unity
as the funder and contract monitor will manage referral waitlists.

Screening and Admission

Screening and assessment and eligibility determination is Completed by designated Unity staff. The referral is received by supervisor and assigned to a CSS for intake, admission, and orientation into the Rapid Rehousing program.

Specific Services

Housing, Financial Support, Supportive Services, Skills Training, Health and Physical Health, Child Support, Disability Benefits, and Food Assistance

Program Goals

Participants/Families obtain and maintain permanent housing via independent living without supports or gain entry into an approved permanent supportive housing program with services and rental assistance
Participants/Families improve financial resources


When participants achieve a permanent housing situation program service time should be a goal of 6 months but cannot exceed 2 years. Participants that abandon a unit or expect to be incarcerated or institutionalized longer than 90 days will be discharged from services and subsidy payments will cease. Readmission will only be determined by Unity.

Service Model

Housing First; Harm Reduction and Rapid Rehousing

Special Population Needs

Services and resource information and referrals may be adjusted based on the need identified and eligibility of participant.

Funding Contingency

If current funding is reduced or discontinued the program will no longer be a resource in the community.