EFFECTIVE RE-HOUSING
    STRATEGIES
   National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Conference on Ending Homelessness
  ...
Strategies for
Overcoming Housing Barriers


 To overcome high rent-income ratios: Offer
 (or stipulate) protective payee ...
Strategies for
Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d)
Offer lease addendums
  Example: Tabor Community Services,
  Lancaster, PA
   ...
Strategies for
Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d)
Get a letter from the probation officer
stating that you are complying with th...
Strategies for
Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d)

Provide letters on family’s behalf to explain
damaging information or speak t...
Strategies for
Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d)
Present evidence that shows family’s behavior or
rental outcome (e.g., evictio...
Strategies for
Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d)
To address credit and debt issues:
  Negotiate payment agreements for rental a...
Strategies for
Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d)
Develop tenant education programs with
official certificates and/or letters of...
Financial Incentives to
Overcome Housing Barriers

Offer to increase deposit amounts
Offer quarterly payments or 3 months ...
Financial Incentives (Cont’d):

Wear and tear guarantees
  Example: City of Portland, Fresh Start Program


Eviction guara...
Leveraging
   Financial Resources
Develop partnerships with faith and business
communities

  Example: Project CATCH in Bo...
Leveraging
    Financial Resources

Explore/advocate for special taxes at state or
local levels

  Food and beverage taxes...
Leveraging
Financial Resources (Cont’d)
Explore/advocate for dedicated fees or
voluntary contributions

  Recording fees f...
Leveraging
Financial Resources (Cont’d)
Advocate for deeper targeting of units in
subsidized properties – “buy-down”
subsi...
Leveraging
Financial Resources (Cont’d)
Be creative

  Reallocate existing resources

  Develop housing-academic partnersh...
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This workshop will examine strategies local providers are using to rapidly re-house individuals and families with significant barriers to housing. Speakers will discuss negotiation strategies used when working with landlords, facilitating shared living arrangements, and homelessness diversion.

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3.11 Effective Re-Housing Strategies

  1. 1. EFFECTIVE RE-HOUSING STRATEGIES National Alliance to End Homelessness National Conference on Ending Homelessness July 13, 2010, Washington, DC Beyond Shelter 1200 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 252-0772
  2. 2. Strategies for Overcoming Housing Barriers To overcome high rent-income ratios: Offer (or stipulate) protective payee services Example: Tabor Community Services (Shelter to Independent Living Program) in Lancaster, PA
  3. 3. Strategies for Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d) Offer lease addendums Example: Tabor Community Services, Lancaster, PA States client’s commitment to participate in Protective Payees Services program States client’s commitment to case management for one full year
  4. 4. Strategies for Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d) Get a letter from the probation officer stating that you are complying with the terms of your probation Develop certificates of rehabilitation or similar programs Example: King County Washington Certificate of Rehabilitation Pilot Project
  5. 5. Strategies for Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d) Provide letters on family’s behalf to explain damaging information or speak to family’s or individual’s progress/current efforts and character Be creative and stress the positives of the prospective tenant – e.g., for families: use report cards, sports awards, etc.
  6. 6. Strategies for Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d) Present evidence that shows family’s behavior or rental outcome (e.g., eviction) was in self- defense or the result of domestic violence Request a reasonable accommodation, if appropriate, for households with disabled members – i.e., poor credit, criminal history, evictions, etc. were due to the disability Definition – a change in rule, policy, or practice to allow a person with a disability equal access to and enjoyment of a rental unit
  7. 7. Strategies for Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d) To address credit and debt issues: Negotiate payment agreements for rental and/or utility arrears Provide documentation from accounts in good standing (e.g., medical co-pays or premiums, car insurance payments, phone bills, storage facilities, shelter program fees, etc.) Poor credit is not necessarily due to not paying rent on time in past – demonstrate history of on- time payments (rent ledger or letter from former landlord; cancelled checks or money orders)
  8. 8. Strategies for Overcoming Barriers (Cont’d) Develop tenant education programs with official certificates and/or letters of recommendation to landlords Example: Oregon Second Chance Renter Rehabilitation Program Example: United Way of King County Ready to Rent Program
  9. 9. Financial Incentives to Overcome Housing Barriers Offer to increase deposit amounts Offer quarterly payments or 3 months rent up front Guarantee a portion of rent for a certain period of time Offer or negotiate longer term leases
  10. 10. Financial Incentives (Cont’d): Wear and tear guarantees Example: City of Portland, Fresh Start Program Eviction guarantees Example: Rapid Exit Program, Hennepin County, Minnesota Example: Grand Chance Program in Washington State
  11. 11. Leveraging Financial Resources Develop partnerships with faith and business communities Example: Project CATCH in Boise, ID HPRP-like time-limited subsidy through local congregations and other sources Matched savings program and financial literacy training through local bank
  12. 12. Leveraging Financial Resources Explore/advocate for special taxes at state or local levels Food and beverage taxes Lodging taxes General sales taxes
  13. 13. Leveraging Financial Resources (Cont’d) Explore/advocate for dedicated fees or voluntary contributions Recording fees for real estate transactions Parking meter revenue Voluntary contributions on state income tax returns (e.g., State of Louisiana) Contributions on local utility bills
  14. 14. Leveraging Financial Resources (Cont’d) Advocate for deeper targeting of units in subsidized properties – “buy-down” subsidies Example: Washington State HB 2060 program Engage the foundation sector to create pilot rental assistance programs
  15. 15. Leveraging Financial Resources (Cont’d) Be creative Reallocate existing resources Develop housing-academic partnerships Example: City of Fremont, CA Family Housing Scholarship Program;

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