Through the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative, and partnering
with Collaborative Solutions, Inc., CIBHS offered a one-day
training that addressed landlord engagement and eviction
prevention to help vulnerable clients find and keep safe, stable
and affordable homes in California.
Using a national HUD grant awarded to Collaborative Solutions,
Inc., the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative works with housing
developers, service providers, municipalities, and state agencies
throughout the U.S. in an effort to increase permanent supportive
housing for vulnerable populations, including those living with
serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and those
experiencing homelessness. Vulnerable populations often face
housing instability. Stabilizing the household through a safe,
decent, and affordable home, allows that household to thrive with
positive health outcomes, gainful employment, economic security,
and overall greater well-being.
Engaged and Informed: The Keys to Successful Landlord Engagement
and Eviction Prevention in Rural Communities: Affordable housing
is getting harder to secure for vulnerable clients. This workshop
was tailored to organizations and individuals who are interacting
with landlords, both making the sell and sustaining units when
relationships are challenged. Participants practiced interactions
with landlords, including presentations to landlord groups, to
ensure messaging is strong, ingrained in the pitch, and framed
effectively to get landlords to say yes and house your clients.
Eviction prevention strategies were presented. This was an
opportunity to come together to address the ongoing need for
collaborative relationships with landlords and improve access to
safe, stable, and affordable homes in rural communities.