On July 14, 2015 PTAA hosted a “Lunch and Learn” with Partners Ending Homelessness. The purpose of the meeting was to help educate landlords about how they can help end homelessness in Greensboro by getting involved with PEH’s Rapid Rehousing Program. In a nutshell they are looking to recruit apartment owners and managers who are willing to work with them to provide housing for the homeless population, but they stressed that they aren’t looking for charity. What they are looking for are apartment owners/managers who might be flexible on things like credit history or rental history in exchange for having guaranteed rent from a resident who is also receiving intensive counseling/assistance from case workers (see info at the bottom of this post).
If you have a property in Greensboro that might fit the bill for the Rapid Rehousing Program then you can get more information by contacting the folks at PEH. You can also talk to some PTAA members who are already involved with the program and hear first hand about their experiences. Just contact Jon Lowder at PTAA and he can help coordinate a meeting to make that happen.
You can also list any units you might have available, for free, at nchousingsearch.org run by the North Carolina Supportive Housing Program.
Here are the core components of the Rapid Rehousing program:
- Housing Identification
- Recruit landlords to provide housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
- Address potential barriers to landlord participation such as concern about the short-term nature of rental assistance and tenant qualifications.
- Assist households to find and secure appropriate rental housing.
- Rent and Move-in Assistance
- provide assistance to cover move-in costs, deposits, and the rental and/or utility assistance necessary to allow individuals and families to move immediately out of homelessness and to stabilize in permanent housing.
- RRH Case Management and Services
- Help individuals and families experiencing homelessness identify and select among various permanent housing options based on their unique needs, preferences, and financial resources.
- Help individuals and families experiencing homelessness address issues that may impede access to housing (such as credit history, arrears, and legal issues)
- Help individuals and families negotiate manageable and appropriate lease agreements with landlords.
- make appropriate and time-limited services and supports available to families and individuals to allow them to stabilize quickly in permanent housing.
- Monitor housing stability and be available to resolve crises.
- Provide and assist the household with connections to resources that help them improve their safety, well-being, and housing stability.