Rapid Re-Housing (for ONLY those who are literally homeless)
To become eligible for Rapid Re-Housing (RRH), you must:
- Be Category 1 homeless meaning sleeping outside or in a vehicle or residing in a homeless shelter/in emergency lodging through an agency
If you MEET THE ABOVE CRITERIA, you can reach out to ECHO or other participating agencies like Community Action, Inc, Family Promise of Greater Beloit, and Edgerton Community Outreach who are a part of the Balance of State Coordinated Entry System and ask about housing assistance. ECHO can complete an assessment with the household. Your household would then be placed on the Community Queue for Rock/Walworth County. Based on the responses to the assessment and screening, the household will be prioritized on the Community Queue based on greatest level of need, NOT chronological order.
Rapid Re-Housing is a medium-term rental assistance program for those who have struggled with homelessness and who are low-income. RRH is not a program a household can apply for but would be screened into by the agency that pulls them from the Community Queue.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I know where I am on the list?
Unfortunately, it is not possible for our staff to be able to see where a household is on the Community Queue because once a household is entered into the Community Queue, they are given an anonymous ID number for confidentiality purposes. Also, numerous counties are adding households to the Community Queue and the list is changing on a daily basis.
When will I be pulled?
When a spot in ECHO’s Rapid Re-housing Program becomes available, the next household with the greatest level of need on the Community Queue list will be contacted to be enrolled into ECHO’s RRH program. Frequency of enrollment in ECHO’s RRH program depends on availability of funding and spots open in the program.
What happens when I am pulled for RRH?
If a household is pulled for Rapid Re-Housing, the agency that pulls them will contact that household, schedule an in-person appointment, and complete an enrollment into the program. Once the enrollment is complete, it will be the primary responsibility of the household to find housing in Rock/Walworth Co. that fits within the rental limits set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). MOST AGENCIES, INCLUDING ECHO, DO NOT HAVE HOUSING READILY AVAILABLE UPON ENROLLMENT. Once housing has been obtained by the household and passed inspection, the Rapid Re-Housing Program will cover all move-in expenses. Additional assistance depends on clients’ income eligibility and is evaluated on a month-to-month basis.
Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System Consumer Notice
This agency participates in the Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), administered by the Institute for Community Alliances (ICA). HMIS collects basic information about participants receiving services from this agency.
HMIS collects basic information about participants receiving services from this agency in order to:
- Establish an accurate count of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.
- Enable the coordination of services to prevent and resolve experiences of homelessness.
- Fulfill governmental and grant-specific reporting requirements.
- Identify the need to provide more or different services to end homelessness in our community.
Please view a PDF version of the notice in English or Spanish to learn more about what data is being collected.