• YWCA is ending operation of the Landlord Liaison Project June 30.
  • Landlord Liaison Project is accepting applications for clients through May 1.
  • A new program to connect and support property owners and tenants will launch in June 2017. Check the All Home website for updates.

Social service agencies and programs can help end homelessness by connecting clients to LLP and providing one-year of supportive services to people with significant barriers to permanent housing.

When you partner with LLP, you can help families and individuals build skills to maintain permanent housing and establish a foundation for long-term success.

There are many benefits for programs and agencies that partner with LLP, including:

  • Help from LLP in housing search and placement for clients, with listings from partner landlords who use revised screening criteria to accept tenants with higher barriers to permanent housing.
  • Financial assistance for clients to help cover costs associated with moving and ensure their transition into permanent housing is smooth and sustainable.
  • Mediation support from LLP in response to concerns or issues between tenants and landlords.
  • Ongoing training opportunities for agency and program staff members on topics related to homelessness, housing, advocacy, and partnerships.
  • Staff Training: Once your agency has been approved as a partner, case managers meet with LLP staff or attend an agency orientation to learn how to successfully house clients through this program.
  • Housing Search: Submit your clients’ applications to LLP to be reviewed; collaboratively create a client housing plan, which may include referrals to landlords with current vacancies or direct housing search support from LLP staff.
  • Moving In: Once the rental application has been approved, case managers meet with the client and landlord together to determine move-in date, moving costs, and inspect the rental unit.
  • Ongoing Support: Case managers provide clients who are housed through LLP with ongoing support services, including monthly home visits during the first year, and responds to landlord concerns or complaints.

What is the Landlord Liaison Project?

The King County Landlord Liaison Project (LLP) is a partnership among landlords and property managers, participating service providers, and people with barriers to accessing housing. The goal of LLP is to successfully house homeless individuals and families who could not otherwise access housing due to rental barriers.  Participating landlords agree to apply alternative screening criteria to applicants referred for housing through this program. In exchange, participating agencies will provide continuing support services to LLP tenants and will rapidly respond to landlords’ concerns. These services ensure that tenants and landlords receive support and assistance to sustain thriving tenancies and communities.

Do fair housing laws allow housing providers to participate in the Landlord Liaison Project?

Yes. In fact, housing providers and social service agencies collaborating under the Landlord Liaison Project are affirmatively furthering fair housing by:

  • Removing housing barriers for homeless individuals and families
  • Expanding housing opportunities for members of protected classes including:
    • Domestic violence survivors
    • Families with children
    • People with disabilities
    • Veterans

Do fair housing laws allow housing providers to use alternative screening criteria for Landlord Liaison Project clients?

Yes. Fair housing requires consistency. The key to consistency is to require all prospective residents to establish eligibility for housing by verifying that they can and will:

  • Pay rent on time
  • Care for the property
  • Be good neighbors

Often housing providers use strict screening criteria to establish an applicant’s eligibility. Fair housing laws allow the use of alternative criteria to enable applicants to establish eligibility. For example, a landlord may agree to use alternative screening criteria for applicants who will be participating in support services during their tenancy. Such support services can reassure the housing provider that the rent will be paid, the property will not be damaged and the lease will be followed. So, with the Landlord Liaison Project, the housing provider may use alternative screening criteria instead of strict, standardized criteria.

How can I get more information about fair housing rights and responsibilities?

Contact OCR at 206-296-7592 for more information about fair housing rights and responsibilities.