PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

4/5/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:040518A
Subject:
Landlord Outreach Event Aims To Help End Homelessness
New County and City Incentives Take the Risk Out of Renting to Men and Women Experiencing Homelessness
Contact:
Kari Faithful
Ombudsman/Community Services Liaison
Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach
562.570.6033
Kari.Faithful@longbeach.gov
Elisa Vásquez
Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
626.586.1762
Elisa.Vasquez@lacdc.org




Yesterday, over 120 landlords attended an outreach event hosted by the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (HACLB) in partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA), to learn about programs that offer financial incentives in exchange for partnering with the County of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, and non-profit service providers to end LA’s homelessness crisis.

“Only by working together can we begin to address homelessness within our City,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I encourage those who own property to learn more about the incentives available to help landlords be a part of the solution.”

County and City officials, including City of Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, shared information about the Homeless Incentive Program (HIP), which provides financial protections and other safeguards to landlords who agree to accept subsidized tenants holding County or City issued vouchers such as Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing or Section 8 vouchers.   

“The Homeless Incentive Program is a great opportunity for landlords to get involved with combating homelessness in Long Beach. We recognize that housing this vulnerable population can come with challenges, and we are optimistic that this program will offset some of those challenges,” said Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, Housing Authority Commission Chair. “I am excited about the opportunities this program provides for both landlords and tenants.”

The HIP is part of an unprecedented and comprehensive effort by Los Angeles County and partner cities to end homelessness. It is comprised of three major components:

  • One-month payment to hold the rental unit while a tenant is referred.
  • Move-in assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness such as money for the security deposit and utility connection fees.
  • Financial assistance to landlords to mitigate damage caused by tenants during their occupancy. 

“Thanks to partnerships between local government, community organizations and landlords willing to end homelessness, we are making strides toward housing hundreds of individuals and families,” said Monique King-Viehland, HACoLA Executive Director. “Landlords play a key role in these partnerships and the County is prepared to support landlords in maintaining successful relationships with their tenants.”

The HACoLA initiated its program early last year and has been hosting similar events throughout the County since February 2016. The HACLB began hosting its own program since March 2018. 

Other agencies in attendance included the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of Long Beach and West Los Angeles, who had staff onsite to answer questions and distribute material on services provided. The VA has been a strong partner in the effort to end veteran homelessness.

Landlords interested in participating in the City’s programs are invited to visit the HACLB website at www.haclb.org. Landlords interested in participating in Los Angeles County’s programs are invited to visit the HACoLA website at www.hacola.org.

About HACLB serves in the City of Long Beach, administering the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, which assists over 6,800 families. www.haclb.org.

About HACoLA serves in Los Angeles County, administering both the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program currently assists approximately 23,000 families through a partnership with over 13,000 property owners. The Public Housing program manages 3,229 units of public and other affordable housing throughout Los Angeles County. http://www.hacola.org.

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