By Tylynn Washington, Immediate Housing Case Manager Community
LINC’s Landlord Locator builds a strong inventory of available housing options
for Community LINC’s families. Major responsibilities
include housing location and fostering working relationships with landlords. Working closely with the Housing Specialist, we
develop and implement strategies for retaining these housing options and
communicate landlord’s issues, concerns, and conflicts to staff and families,
to ensure a family can secure and retain permanent housing.
What is Rapid Re-housing?
Rapid re-housing serves individuals and families experiencing
homelessness who need time-limited assistance in order to get and
It reduces the length of time people experience homelessness,
minimizes the impact of homelessness on their lives, and facilitates their
access to resources in the community.
Rapid re-housing programs often use a relatively
light-touch approach to financial assistance and supportive services,
seeking to provide just enough assistance to help families get back into
housing, while being available to offer additional support or connections to
other resources and programs if more help is needed.
Even so, data indicate that 90 percent of households served by Rapid
Re-housing are successfully housed and do not return to shelter. This approach
allows communities to assist more households with the same resources.
With Landlords in Rapid Re-housing
How do landlords think?
housing is a dollars and cents business.
Landlords and management companies are in the business of reducing risk
and maximizing return on investments.
Rapid Re-housing providers need to adopt a business-oriented or market-driven
approach to recruiting and engaging property owners and management companies. In many ways, I am “selling a product” in the
open market. I have to convince property
owners that our “product” will meet their needs and address their concerns.
Marketing the program
is one of the best tools to use in developing a pool of landlords and
management companies who are willing to rent directly to our families. Another
good tool is giving the landlord a list of commitments that will inspire them
to partner with Community LINC as we work to make our mission a reality.
Housing Partner Luncheons (people love to eat J)
Keeping landlords happy
end of the day, one of my main concerns as a Landlord Locator is to maintain
good relationships. Keeping the lines of communication open by following up
with property owners and agents, keeping our commitments, putting what I was
taught as a Realtor to use and operating with integrity and honesty is what I
try to do for each landlord.
partnerships pay off for the landlords and for our families. Landlords have the
confidence in their leases with Community LINC families, and our families have
housing options they otherwise would not. If you or someone you know might be
interested in becoming a landlord partner with Community LINC, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or