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March 4, 2014 > Housing for Heroes

Housing for Heroes

Submitted By Douglas Kennerk

The Alameda County Veterans Collaborative presents ÒHousing for HeroesÓ on Wednesday, March 12 and addresses the reasons why landlords are willing to accept tenants who are working with HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and several locally based Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) service providers. These programs develop beneficial partnerships with landlords to reintegrate veterans into the community. Nationally, $600 million has been earmarked for housing assistance to veterans.

Landlords in tight housing markets are able to be selective in choosing new tenants. Whenever the supply of prospective tenants greatly exceeds the number of available rental vacancies, strict screening requirements increase. A large percentage of veterans who have poverty-related credit and income barriers are screened out without the assistance of a service provider.

The HUD-VASH and SSVF programs proactively develop relationships with the participant and landlord to assure participants obtain housing and landlord needs are met. These programs provide rental assistance under a supportive housing program for homeless veterans. The program combines Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided.

The goal of the two hour program is to educate landlords on the type and duration of supports to be provided to the landlord. These programs often find that landlords are willing and eager partners who appreciate contributing to solving housing crises, but who also value the benefits offered by the program that help assure they receive rent and resolve any tenancy issues that may arise.

Housing for Heroes Ð A Review of Programs for Landlords
Wednesday Mar 12
10 a.m. Ð Noon
San Leandro VeteransÕ Memorial Building
1105 Bancroft Way, San Leandro
(510) 794-3681
dkennerk@edd.ca.gov

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