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RehousingOurVets

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          Hello,

I work for a non-profit in Clay County Florida that receives a grant to rapidly re-house homeless Veterans. The initiative is set forth by the VA to end Veteran Homelessness by 2015. I receive a client, find housing, and provide case management (help to find work, receive education, learn a trade, sign up for housing subsidies, etc.). My organization pays the rent directly to the landlord, performs regular home visits, and will also serve as a neutral mediator. Despite the benefits, many landlords just don't want to participate.

Any advice you all would like to share? Questions and concerns you would have as the landlord? Any tips on my approach? Have you worked with such programs in the past? How was the experience?

Thank you all in advance!

         
Sincerely,

          HousingOurVets


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skrieger

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What a noble cause.  I hope it is successful.

Explain to the landlord the cons of the contract.  Your group pays the full rent for the entire lease?  Including security deposit?  Is your group essentially the Lessee?  When you do the home visits what do you report to the landlord or PM?
RehousingOurVets

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In many cities across the country, it has been very successful. It's very new to the county I'm servicing but we're looking for similar results.

To answer your questions: We pay the rent, and any applicable fees, up to the amount we are allowed per client (which can vary from organization to organization). However, we work closely with employment agencies and the HUD-VASH program to transition the client to a form of self-sufficiency before our assistance is completed. The lessee is still the Veteran, we're just providing the funds to help him find a permanent residence.When we do a home visit, we will report to the landlord or PM both the good and the bad and what will be done to ensure the "bad" is rectified. Our goal is to remain a neutral party because the landlord/PM is our client also.

The cons would be typical of any client that may have no rental history or a "not-so-great" credit history. However, we do work with the client to create budgets and plans to improve their financial status with the help of participating banks.

Thank you for taking out the time to read my post and offer those questions!

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I have worked with the VASH program and accepted their payments to place veterans in housing.  I currently have one VASH family.  VASH tenants are often single tenants, but can be the tenant and his/her family.  They may need just a one bedroom - which limits the number of landlords who have these rentals.  They do need to be screened like other tenants - they can have criminal or drug issues as any other tenant may have.  But mostly they are low income and have limited resources.  I applaud your assistance to our former military members.  You may consider advertising with local landlord associations or speaking at their meetings to educate them to this program.  And assist with the paperwork - paperwork is the number one complaint of landlords with assistance programs!
RehousingOurVets

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OHlandlord,

Thank you also for working with our Veterans. Sometimes, they just need that one person to help get them back on their feet. As you stated, many clients are typically single. Screening is still very important and I work with my clients to find out certain details of their past to find the best fit for them. Some locations accept petty crimes while some accept none at all, so I like to get that information out in the open to not waste time and funds for those background checks.
Thank you for your tips! I've tried reaching out to the local NARPM and I'm currently waiting on a response. Hopefully I'll be able to speak with them or associates they may know interested in working with us. My efforts have turned up some local agencies eager to help so perhaps word of mouth will work on my side as well.
And OHlandlord, paperwork is definitely a nuisance! Fortunately for the landlord, the majority of the program's paperwork is piled high on the end of the case manager... Another incentive I may want to capitalize on during my next meet-and-greet [smile]

Thank You for taking out the time to read and reply to my post!

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OHlandlord

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Also consider doing a search for REIA groups in your area.  These are real estate investors and most are landlords.  They usually have monthly meetings and normally have a speaker at those.  You could go speak to the members and hand out fliers.

RehousingOurVets

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I will definitely research those groups. Thanks for the tip!!
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NoNonsenseLandlord

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As a disabled Vet my self, sure.

But i tried to do something here in MN, and could not get any traction.

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