DailyUW.com – Larry Todd of the Landlord Liaison Project, proposed working one-on-one with the landlord in order to provide reassurance, moving toward the indiscriminative goal of providing housing for tenants from a variety of backgrounds. “The landlord is taking a huge risk when they’re handing over a set of keys,” Todd said. “We want to work with landlords and explore one-on-one. Let’s try one tenant, let’s see how this works out.”
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Geekwire.com - Zillow’s Community Pillar program makes it easier for people with less-than-stellar housing applications to find landlords and property managers more inclined to rent to them. “Being able to find landlords in a market that is competitive, who are willing to look at lower screening criteria … it’s a high, high need in King County,” said Larry Todd, who does outreach work with landlords through the nonprofit YWCA Landlord Liaison Project.
“I believe that by leveraging the amazing brand and reach that Zillow has built up in the housing space…we can help ensure that our tagline of “Find your way home” applies to everyone.”
“Having a stable home changed everything. Now I’m in graduate school and my son’s going to go to college. We’re just not stressed anymore, and we’re happy; that’s just been a huge thing for us.”
According to King County’s Committee to End Homelessness, there are at least 1,000 homeless people in the county who have the resources to pay for housing, but because of their credit or criminal histories can’t find landlords to rent to them. A King County-based program called the Landlord Liaison Project (LLP) — funded by cities, King County and local philanthropies — has helped many of them.
“Rapid rehousing is a strategy that provides homeless people with short-term rental assistance, as well as access to services that are critical to stabilizing their lives.”
“A key difference between maintaining homelessness and ending it in Washington state’s King County is a plan to offer the homeless keys to their own homes and access to support services.”