Earlier this year PTAA was approached by Partners Ending Homelessness (PEH) to see if we could help them in their efforts to end veterans homelessness in 2015 and all chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Our role is to make our members aware of the program and to help explain to them how they can get involved. Three of our member companies (that we know of) are already working with PEH – Blue Ridge Property Management, Phillips Management Group and Alliance Management – but we’re hoping to get many more.
The members who have heard about the program have all asked some basic questions about the program, and without getting into all of the nitty-gritty what we can tell you is that:
- PEH is not looking for handouts. They are looking for property owners/managers who will work with them by being flexible with regards to credit histories and some aspects of criminal background checks.
- The program will pay up to fair market rent. The organization is sponsoring the client resident so there is not a risk of default by the individual resident.
- Caseworkers actively manage each resident. That means your onsite manager will NOT have to actively manage the resident’s situation and WILL have a resource in case any situation does arise.
If you have vacant units that you think could be a fit for the program please let us know. The easiest thing to do for now is to email PTAA Executive Director Jon Lowder and he will put you in contact with PEH. We would welcome any help you can provide in housing any of the 32 homeless veterans in Greensboro before the end of 2015, and in ending all chronic homelessness in 2016.
FYI, here’s a link to a story that News Channel 14 (Time Warner news) ran yesterday about the program and below is a video of the interview.