RAP provides group housing to at-risk populations which is safe, supportive and affordable
With a program that emphasizes Accountability, Responsibility and Safety for Others
People who have experienced similar types of traumas find that by working together they can provide support to each other in their recovery. It is the "I understand, I had that happen to me" phenomena. Often people will accept help and support from those who know what they have gone through that they won't from others
All houses are democratically run. House members meet weekly to decide house policy, deal with house issues, pay bills and work on inter-personal issues. RAP staff may attend meetings to provide support and requested information, but it's the house that votes to make decisions. This gives house members a vested interest in the house and provides an opportunity for members to develop decision making skills.
All houses are expected to be self-supporting. Members pay an "equal expense share (EES)" which includes rent, utilities, common household goods such as toilette paper or dish soap, and $15.00 a month which goes into the chapter. This also pays for staff time in supporting and facilitating house business. This usually runs between $400 - $450/ month.
Intrinsic to the housing model is a structured program of house management. Housing for at-risk populations usually is "managed" housing. RAP believes in "self-managed" housing. This involves teaching house members how to run a financially responsible household; how to solve inter-personal issues; and how to become self-reliant.