The Program


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


 Group Housing:


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


Democratically Run:


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.


Self-sufficient:


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.


Self-managed

 

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.