The One Home campaign is a local effort to develop new partnerships between nonprofits and landlords to expand housing options for formerly homeless individuals and families, including veterans, to further progress towards our community’s goal of making homelessness Rare, Brief, and One-Time in King County. Please consider partnering with us to be a part of the solution, One Home at a time.
The One Home campaign is a local effort to develop new partnerships between nonprofits and landlords to expand housing options for formerly homeless individuals and families, including veterans, to further progress towards our community’s goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and one-time in King County.
Landlords for Veterans
Property owners and landlords play a key role in honoring those that have served our country by making their rental units available to Veterans. In King County, landlords receive advantages such as stable rental income, reduced vacancy rates and access to housing support specialists when they choose to partner with the Veterans Administration and local nonprofit organizations to end Veteran homelessness.
Read a brochure about how landlords and property managers can get involved with the Veterans Administration here.
Read a letter to landlords and property managers who wish to house Veterans here.
For more information about how you can get involved, please contact:
- VA Housing Specialist Michael Damon, Michael.Damon@va.gov, 206-305-7185, or
- YWCA Landlord Liaison Project Larry Todd, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-336-4616
Carol and Tina Connor, Landlords:
“We work with homeless families because it’s hard out there and everyone needs a break. The Landlord Liaison Project has helped us find good tenants and helps us keep good relations together.”
Luatonya Girtman, Tenant:
“I would like to thank the Landlord Liaison Project for helping me and my kids find a place to live. Also, I want to thank the case managers and housing specialists who assisted me in the search for housing. My housing specialist was caring and helpful in finding a home that was suitable for our needs. It is nice to have our own place with a yard and in a location that is good for my children’s schooling. Thank you.”
Shannon Thomas, Case Manager:
“Debra was a participant in King County Adult Drug Diversion Court (KCDDC). She reached the top of the long waitlist for KCHA Section 8 and received her voucher. She lived in RCKC women’s transitional housing at that time and was near the successful completion of her KCDDC program. Debra teamed up with her KCDDC housing case manager and was on the search for landlords who would accommodate her pending felony, criminal background, and substance abuse issues. They found Steve Morasch’s contact information on the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) website.
Debra and Housing CM worked together to make the case for her residency – the truth about her background, the facts about her pending felony, and the substantial support she received from Drug Court. They highlighted the role of the Court in securing accountability and compliance, as well as treatment services and housing assistance. Steve was very interested in the work being done at KCDDC. He liked the idea of helping people make a new start. He appreciated the services and oversight provided by the Court, and he liked Debra. He appreciated her sincerity and courage and wanted to support her residency. He felt he could trust her in his property – and, more than that, knew she would be a great asset to keeping a positive and affirmative vibe on the property.
Debra moved in. She successfully graduated KCDDC. Knowing she had safe, secure, stable and permanent housing was key to her holding it all together. This was four years ago. She’s still in recovery and works as a Peer Specialist with high risk, high needs community in Seattle – many of whom, like herself, are part of the re-entry population moving from the Criminal Justice system and into secure, stable, permanent housing.
Since Debra, Steve has offered leases to two other KCDDC participants: two stories of re-entry and recovery, similar to Debra’s. They also brought KCHA Section 8 vouchers to secure their leases. Each residency has reflected the combined efforts of the Judicial System, Recovery Services, a Housing Authority, a Quality Resident and a Private Landlord.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the One Home landlord engagement campaign, and why are you doing it?
The One Home campaign is a local effort to develop new partnerships between nonprofits and landlords to expand housing options for formerly homeless individuals and families, including veterans, to further progress towards our community’s goal of making homelessness Rare, Brief, and One-Time in King County. Local and national research has shown that many formerly homeless families and individuals can be successful living in private market housing. We have rental assistance resources, but rental assistance is only effective if people have units to rent, and with low vacancy rates (~2%), people who have been homeless are finding it difficult to find landlords willing to rent to them.
What are the benefits for me as a landlord?
• Assistance to help fill your vacant units
• Payment of rent deposits, utility deposits, and first month’s rent
• Access to loss mitigation funds if damage is done to your unit
• Access to eviction prevention funds
• Case management support for formerly homeless residents
• Support through the Landlord Liaison Project – 24 Hour Assistance in dealing with issues that may arise with tenants.
• Tenants that have access to Ready to Rent classes through the Landlord Liaison Project
• You will also be playing a critical role in ending homelessness in King County!
What are you asking landlords to do?
The One Home Campaign is looking for landlords that are willing to rent to households with rental barriers such as a past eviction, criminal background, or bad credit often due to extenuating circumstances such as an illness, divorce, or another unfortunate situation.
How can I become a landlord partner of One Home?
Visit our Join Us page and fill out the contact information form on that page to sign up. You will receive more information about next steps shortly thereafter.