In June 2015, national and local leaders joined United Way's Home For Good in kicking off Homes For Heroes, an effort to identify 1,000 landlords to house veterans in need. As shared by Jim Perley a property owner with Western America Properties, “landlords are literally the last leg on the way home for our Veterans.” This has never been so true as today when over 500 Veterans with vouchers-in-hand, that provide both rental subsidy and supportive services, have no place to go at night. Significant resources have been invested in L.A. towards the goal of ending Veteran homelessness and providers are working together to efficiently identify Veterans and their needs, but the critical link to housing through landlords and housing developers is what will get us over the finish line.
Los Angeles County is home to 4,618 homeless Veterans. The good news is that there are now enough rental subsidies and supportive services to house all of LA's homeless Veterans. All that is missing are landlords willing to rent to them.
Homes For Heroes. Landlords rent vacant units to a homeless Veteran and receive fair market rent and the support of a network of services providers.
Benefits of Participating in this Effort
GUARANTEED RENT: Paid through direct deposit (tenants are responsible for a small portion of the rent).
CONTROL OF TENANT SELECTION: Landlords can screen and select tenants to confirm compatibility.
SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT: With a case manager for timely response to tenant and landlord concerns.
PARTNERSHIP: Program provides support to both landlord and tenants to ensure a successful placement.
Are you a landlord, interested in renting vacant units to a Veteran? Do so here:
Don't own units? Here's what you can do:
- Talk to your landlord and other property owners you know about dedicating units to Veterans with housing vouchers.
- Share our flyer and help spread the word with your friends via your social networks.
- Donate to move-in costs for Veterans.
Have additional questions?
Contact Tina Estedabadi at firstname.lastname@example.org