FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2017
How Private Sector Housing Providers Can Help Solve Homelessness in Charlotte
Co-sponsored by: HousingCLT and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association
Kirby Davis, Chief Operating Officer with Freeman Webb in Nashville, TN is the featured speaker for the July 26th event
Charlotte, NC – HousingCLT and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association are co-presenting an opportunity for Charlotte area apartment providers to learn how private sector housing providers can be an effective part of the plan to end homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street in Charlotte. Kirby Davis, the Chief Operating Officer for Nashville, Tennessee-based property management firm Freeman Webb and a former member of Nashville’s Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, is the featured speaker. Mr. Davis made a commitment in early 2013 for a percentage of Freeman Webb’s multifamily inventory to be available to homeless individuals and families. By closely collaborating with Nashville’s social service providers using alternative housing screening criteria for their homeless clients, Freeman Webb and a nearly a dozen other property management firms have helped provide housing for an average of 54 homeless people per month since June of 2013.
The event is being co-sponsored by HousingCLT and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association. HousingCLT is the new landlord liaison initiative launched by the City of Charlotte to create a unified, collaborative approach among private for-profit housing providers and social services agencies to increase housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. HousingCLT is the first program of its kind in North Carolina and is modeled after Seattle’s successful Landlord Liaison Project, which has successfully housed more than 7,000 previously homeless households since 2009. HousingCLT is planning a combination of incentives for housing providers who make units available using alternative screening criteria for applicants experiencing homelessness, outreach to help social services agencies better understand the challenges faced by for-profit housing providers, and training to help homeless households to adequately prepare for the responsibilities of tenancy.
HousingCLT was one of the recommendations of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force. The project is being funded by a combination of local and federal sources and is located under the umbrella of Charlotte-based Socialserve.com, a non-profit organization that provides call center and online affordable housing locator resources to government agencies and other non-profits across the nation.
The event included continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Seating is limited to the first 200 registrants. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaborations-that-work-how-private-sector-property-managers-can-help-solve-homelessness-tickets-35442063165 (copy and paste to your browser if link does not connect you)
HousingCLT is a City of Charlotte initiative operating under the umbrella of Non-Profit Industries (NPI), d.b.a. Social Serve. Social Serve provides online housing locator services through technology-based platforms and a bi-lingual call center, including disaster relocation services, special needs housing location (senior, disability and HUD housing vouchers), HUD Certified foreclosure prevention counseling, and referrals to supportive housing and other services. The Greater Charlotte Apartment Association was founded in 1977 as a trade association for the multifamily rental housing industry. The GCAA promotes the interests of its members through legislative advocacy, education and networking; and supports housing quality, value and choice throughout the Greater Charlotte community.
For additional information, please contact:
Project Director, HousingCLT
CITY OF CHARLOTTE LAUNCHES HOUSINGCLT – A LANDLORD CONSORTIUM INITIATIVE
City is partnering with landlords for more affordable housing options
Charlotte, NC — The City of Charlotte has launched a Charlotte-Mecklenburg landlord liaison consortium called housingCLT, which will create a unified, collaborative approach among landlords, service providers and homeless households to increase housing opportunities in Charlotte-Mecklenburg through education, outreach and coordination.
The housingCLT program will cultivate widespread awareness and collaboration among housing providers and human service agencies, which will increase affordable housing opportunities for people who are homeless and have diverse needs and barriers. It will be the first program of its kind in North Carolina, modeled after Seattle’s successful Landlord Liaison Project, and benefiting from access to the online housing location resources and national landlord recruitment experience of Charlotte-based Socialserve.com, a non-profit organization that provides call center services to government organizations and other non-profits.
This project was a recommendation from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force and will be one of the first projects implemented from their recommendations. The goals of the initiative include:
· Create a partnership between housing providers, human service agencies and homeless individuals and families.
· Develop a shared system for accessing housing/apartment resources for households experiencing homelessness.
· Develop a common language and criteria for engaging housing providers.
· Maintain housing provider-tenant laws.
· Encourage housing providers to use alternative screening criteria while respecting Fair Housing Law and to assist agencies in better understanding landlord-tenant laws that impact their clients.
· Ensure tenants have the skills and resources necessary for housing stability.
· Create incentives for participating housing providers.
· Create resources for housing providers to enable them to comply with costs associated with ADA accommodations.
The benefits of the partnerships include:
A professional business relationship is created by all parties.
Tenants trained to understand and abide by lease agreement.
Providers understand the barriers faced by people experiencing homelessness.
Human service agencies understand the business aspect of property management.
If interested in participating, please contact Brian Huskey at Socialserve.com at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 704-323-5540.
This effort aligns with The Community Letter – Charlotte City Council’s adopted actions in response to the community. For more information visit: charlottenc.gov/communityletter.
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WFAE Feature Story on Launch of HousingCLT