LOS ANGELES – The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) on Wednesday announced the implementation of the Landlord Veteran Incentive Program (Landlord VIP).
The first-of-its-kind program offers landlords up to one month’s free rent to hold available units while a homeless veteran is referred and paperwork to contract the unit is completed.
The Landlord VIP comes as a result of a $1.1 million award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to implement a program aimed at ending veteran homelessness. More than 400 homeless veterans currently have a County Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher in hand and are searching for housing, county officials said in a news release.
The 18-month Landlord VIP is the latest in a series of strategies that HACoLA has implemented to eliminate the barriers veterans face in getting off the streets and into housing.
How the program works
Landlords with vacant units complete a pre-Request for Tenancy Approval form and, upon submittal, an expedited housing quality standard inspection is scheduled. The owner and HACoLA enter a signed agreement to hold the unit for a homeless veteran while the contract is processed. The owner receives a monetary incentive in an amount up to one month’s rent while a homeless veteran with an active HACoLA voucher is quickly referred to the vacant unit.
Owners interested in participating in the Landlord VIP should email LandlordVIP@hacola.org or call 626-586-1572 for more information.
[Information via news release from the county of Los Angeles.]