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Housing First Philosophy
• Rapid Placement into Housing
• Progressive Engagement Case
Management Model
• Role of Coordinated Entry
Rapid Re-Housing Services and Eligibility
 Housing Start-Up Financial Assistance
 Housing Search Assistance and Advocacy
 Time-Limited Graduated Rental Subsidy up to
One Year
 Housing Stability Case Management Services
 Literally Homeless (Streets or Shelter)
 Under 30% of AMI for family size ($1,950 per
month for a family of three)
Housing Landscape Snohomish and
Neighboring Counties
 2014 Fair Market Rents: $913 one bedroom,
$1,123 two bedroom, $1,655 three bedroom.
 2013 Vacancy Rate 4% for properties with rents
that exceed $1,000 per month; 3% for
properties with rents less than $1,000 per
month.
Participant Barriers
 No Income or Low-Income
 Unemployed
 No Employment History
 No Rental History
 Prior Evictions
 Property Damage
 Debts Owed to Prior Landlords
 Criminal History
 Bad or No Credit
Housing Search Assistance and Advocacy:
Building Your Landlord Network
 Work with a landlord liaison, Housing
Authorities and other programs within your
agency to develop landlord inventory
 Attend Landlord or Property Management
Association Meetings to pitch your
agency/programs
 Ask your current landlords and clients for
references
Housing Search and Advocacy: Negotiating
with Landlords
 Run a Tenant Screening to Identify Barriers
 Coach clients to address issues diplomatically
with landlords and get as involved as
needed/appropriate
 Emphasize work client has done since
discrepancies took place: counseling,
education, employment, drug/alcohol
treatment, parenting classes, renter
certification, etc.
 Emphasize any improvement in credit or
payment plans established
Housing Search and Advocacy: Negotiating
with Landlords
 Emphasize work client will do in the program
and new supports client will have access to.
 Letters of community support: service
providers, educators, employers
 Emphasize your involvement as a case
manager
 Negotiate around lease terms
 Offer last month’s rent, increased deposits
 No promises
Housing Stability Case Management:
Maintaining Landlord Relationships
 Tenant Education and Conflict Coaching
 Constant Communication with Landlord
 Act Immediately When Issues Arise
 Involve the Landlord in the Resolution
 Do Not Relocate Clients unless Absolutely
Necessary
 Help Create Peaceful Transitions
 Appreciate and Support Clients and Landlords
Housing Placement Outcomes
 189 Households/456 Individuals Enrolled
Since 2012. 159 Households/382 Individuals
Housed
 Average time to house is 26 days
 92% Stably Housed at Exit