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East County News Service

June 4, 2017 (San Diego) – If you’re a landlord looking for tenants, the County is offering bonuses of up to $500 if you’ll rent to a homeless family, veteran or other homeless person who has a rental assistance subsidy from the County of San Diego Housing Authority. 

The County needs help to house over 150 people with subsidies, but who are having a hard time finding a home.

“We are offering landlords incentives to make it easier for them to rent to people looking for safe and stable housing,” said Todd Henderson, director of County Housing and Community Development Services.

Landlord incentives include:

  • $500 for the first unit rented to a person or family with a rental assistance subsidy from the county
  • Up to $250 for each additional unit leased
  • holding fees
  • application expenses
  • up to $5,000 damage claim reimbursement
  • up to two months’ rent security deposit and/or utility assistance
  • a full-time landlord liaison to make sure everything runs smoothly

“The region’s low vacancy rates create substantial barriers for people experiencing homelessness,” Henderson added.

Landlords interested in participating in the incentive programs should call 2-1-1 San Diego or visit the organization’s website. 2-1-1 San Diego will refer landlords to the proper jurisdiction so the service will be a benefit to all the organizations in the county that need housing for homeless people.

Finding homeless people a stable place to live is part of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision for a healthy, safe and thriving region.

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