Landlord Liaison Project
- Alexis Eykel, Program Director - AlexisE@AssociatedMinistries.org
- Sean Lewis, Program Assistant - SeanL@AssociatedMinistries.org
- Kiesha Triplett – Landlord Engagement - KieshaT@AssociatedMinistries.org
- Who knows what we are?
- We launched in October – did work to develop the program from January through October of last year
- The new tenant ordinances in Tacoma do have landlords a bit scared.
- Landlord Liaison is a prepaid service that provides resources to landlords to incentivizes them – we supplement service providers with risk management funds
- The overall program steps:
- Recruit units from landlords
- Advertise those to RRH partners
- Fill units with rent-ready tenants
- Provide support to property owners
- Incentive offers
- Quick tenant filling – no need to advertise units
- 24-hours support hotline if there are any issues – this saves property partners from having to do a judgement or eviction – good for landlord and tenant
- Access to risk mitigation funds
- Tennant have access to renter readiness
- All housing have to pass Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection
- Housing needs – need housing at or below FMR that is clean and located in each school district in the County (that can’t be easy. –ed).
- What we don’t do:
- Handle property and case management
- Don’t handle client screening – we wanted to do this, but lots of complexity.
- Don’t do housing and shelter
- Don’t do housing assistance
- Impact since October 2018 –
- Gained 11 property partners – 7 private partners and 4 property management companies
- Housed 68 people – 34 adults and 32 children. (I’m not sure what the other two are, either. –ed)
- Out of all folks housed, we’ve had 10 total issues
- 2 resulted in a relocation - not a judgement or eviction, just a graceful exit (like a trip to Elba? –ed)
- Held 6 renters readiness courses – seen increasing positive response – more tenants coming to these courses
- Issues are pretty normal – unauthorized guests, noise complaints, large pets when there shouldn’t be. The case managers we work with are so responsive. I usually get an e-mail from a property manager – like someone was vomiting over the balcony, and we’ve asked them to stop and they won’t. We’ll have the case manager intervene to fix the issue. We had a DV situation that was causing problems in the apartment complex. None of these issues resulted in an eviction
- 2019 fundraising goal – goal of $20,000, currently raised $1,500. Working on move-in kits. Often renters need renters insurance, so LLP would like to provide that.
- Questions – what is a move-in kit? Cleaning supplies and such that folks don’t have.
- Reach out to us - let us know any property owner and property managers.
- Carolyn – how do you encourage landlords to sign up. Are you a non-profit? Alexis – we are a nonprofit – housed at Associated Ministries, but we have rebranded away from Associated Ministries. I have a history with property management and as a realtor and such. Landlords can contact me or we can reach out to them