If you haven’t yet heard about the One Home Campaign, check out this great article in the Seattle Times! We’re thrilled to work with exceptional partners like the Committee to End Homelessness and the Landlord Liaison Project on this exciting new initiative, which is aimed at developing new partnerships between nonprofits and landlords to expand housing options for formerly homeless individuals and families.
If you are a landlord or know a landlord in your faith community, please visit onehomekc.org to learn more about the initiative. One Home is on the lookout for landlords to partner with!
The article below, which appeared in the Times on Saturday, discusses how the One Home campaign is building on the model and successes of the Landlord Liaison Project (LLP), a program that supports landlords willing to rent to tenants with high barriers.
Program shields landlords willing to rent to the homeless
The new One Home campaign promotes a longstanding project that offers extra incentives and financial security for King County landlords who agree to rent to the homeless or formerly homeless.
By Alexa Vaughn, Seattle Times staff reporter
Two evictions and horrible credit — that’s not what most landlords want to see on their tenants’ records.
Luatonya Girtman, 34, says that’s why she and her two children spent much of the last year bouncing in and out of homelessness, even when she had hustled together enough money from temporary and part-time jobs to put her family in a new home.
“I’d never even had a criminal record, but I felt like I did when I started looking for housing again,” said Girtman, 34.
According to King County’s Committee to End Homelessness, there are at least 1,000 homeless people in the county who have the resources to pay for housing, but because of their credit or criminal histories can’t find landlords to rent to them.
A King County-based program called the Landlord Liaison Project (LLP) — funded by cities, King County and local philanthropies — has helped many of them, including Girtman. Last month, she was finally able to move her family into an apartment in Kent when LLP persuaded her landlord to take a chance on her.
“When these guys helped me, I just felt like angels had come — I get teary-eyed even talking about it,” Girtman said.