Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live. Some people make mistakes, but everyone deserves a second chance. By helping house Waypoint’s clients, landlords play an integral role not only in helping individuals take charge of their lives, but also in making the community a better place to live.
Relationships with local landlords are crucial in Waypoint’s Rapid Re-Housing Program, which supports homeless households with a quick transition back into permanent housing. Last fiscal year, Rapid Re-Housing helped 629 people secure affordable places to live and the demand is growing. Currently, Waypoint works with nearly 20 landlords, but there’s an urgent need for more connections.
“The [Rapid Re-Housing] Program is expanding, we’re seeing more families come through needing this extra support,” Director of Homeless & Housing Services J’nae said.
When individuals are approved for limited financial assistance through the Rapid Re-Housing Program, they have 30 days to secure housing. Once that time is up, they have to reapply, elongating their stays at local shelters. “[Waypoint’s relationships with landlords] enables individuals to get housed quickly, reducing the amount of time they’re homeless,” J’nae said.
Besides helping others, landlords gain several benefits from participating in our Rapid Re-Housing Program:
Waypoint is committed to creating harmonious relationships between tenants and landlords, recognizing the specific needs of each party.
“We recognize landlords are operating a business and we must also understand when a landlord can be flexible with some of their requirements for potential renters without jeopardizing their expectations of those same renters,” Housing Specialist Betty said. Betty explains that these relationships involve empathy on both sides and nurturing these bonds is essential.
In creating smooth transitions into housing for clients, the collaboration between Waypoint and landlords is a significant part of the solution to ending homelessness.
One individual utilizing Waypoint’s Rapid Re-Housing Program arrived in the area with only the limited items he could fit in his car. Housing Specialist Betty connected him to a local landlord who found him an apartment at his boardinghouse. He has resided there for three years now and is doing well.
If you or someone you know is interested in partnering with Waypoint as a landlord, please call (319) 365-1458 ext. 6153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.