SNAPS In Focus: The New Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Re-Housing Component

Norm Suchar
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs

Published July 13, 2017

In the Registration Notice for the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, we announced that
communities could apply for a new type of project that combines the activities of a transitional housing project with
those of a rapid re-housing project. We will provide more details about this joint component project when the Notice of
Funding Availability (NOFA) is published, but in the meantime I want to explain the purpose of the joint component
project and how we will expect these projects to operate.

Joint component projects are not intended to replace transitional housing projects that have been reallocated or lost
funding in recent years. Instead, they provide a new way to meet some of the pressing challenges that communities are
facing. They provide a safe place for people to stay – crisis housing – with financial assistance and wrap around
supportive services determined by program participants to help them move to permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Stays in the crisis housing portion of these projects should be brief and without preconditions, and participants should
quickly move to permanent housing. These projects can help address several needs:

 In communities where there are large numbers of people living in unsheltered locations, including
encampments, joint component projects can reduce unsheltered homelessness by providing temporary, lowbarrier
housing to individuals and families while helping them quickly move to permanent housing.

 In some communities, there is a lack of safe crisis housing for people fleeing domestic violence to access while
they are searching for a safe, permanent place to reside. Joint component projects can provide survivors with
safe and supportive temporary housing and connect them to safe, permanent housing and continued services as
soon as they are ready.

 Youth have high rates of unsheltered homelessness. The joint component provides a tool to develop projects
specially tailored to meet their unique developmental needs and help them move quickly into permanent
housing with available supportive services to help them maintain that housing.


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