The purpose of the District of Columbia Landlord Partnership Fund is to incentivize landlords to families or individuals who are exiting homeless and have rental assistance through the following Department of Human Services (DHS) programs: Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH), or Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) programs. By offering compensation to landlords if excess damage and unpaid rent are incurred, the Fund can create a strong relationship with landlords who otherwise might not lease to individuals and families exiting homelessness.
Why a Fund is Crucial in the District of Columbia
The District of Columbia is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing and a shortage of landlords willing to lease affordable units to households with histories of homelessness. Without more housing units accessible to these households, it will be extremely challenging for the District to match the households with available apartment units that meet their needs—resulting in longer stays in shelter and fewer exits to permanent housing.
How the Fund Will Be Financed
The Fund will be supported by private funding. Local business groups and philanthropic organizations donated the resources to begin and sustain this effort.
How the Fund Will Be Administered
The Fund will be managed and administered through the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), an organization whose primary focus is devising, implementing, and advocating for affordable housing and community economic development solutions to serve the needs of low- and moderate-income District residents.
How the Fund Will Be Structured
This Fund will be modeled on programs already in place in several cities in the United States, particularly the Landlord Liaison Project that has been established in Seattle and featured in the US Interagency Council on Homelessness solutions database. Landlords who enter into leases with families and individuals with PSH, TAH, and RRH subsidies are eligible to participate in the Fund and can enroll through CNHED. DHS case managers will be available and ready to assist both the landlord and the tenant at all steps of the relationship.
What the Fund Will Cover
The Fund will cover claims specifically and exclusively on units located in the District of Columbia and leased to tenants who receive rental assistance from the PSH, TAH, and RRH programs.
- PSH or TAH leases that began January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019: the maximum amount of the claims is limited to $2,500 for physical damages, $5,000 for rent claims, and $5,000 for all claims that include both physical damages and rent claims.
- PSH or TAH leases that began July 1, 2019 or later: the maximum amount of the claims is limited to $2,500 for physical damages, $2,500 for rent claims, and $2,500 for all claims that include both physical damages and rent claims.
- RRH: the maximum amount of the claims is limited to $2,500 for physical damages, $5,000 for rent claims, and $5,000 for all claims that include both physical damages and rent claims.
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