Landlord Resources

RCS Housing Participant sitting on stairs of his new apartment building.
Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services' Housing and Support programs help hundreds of individuals in Jefferson County move from homelessness to housing each year.  Thanks to a COVID-19 relief grant, additional funding is available to support an additional 161 households if affordable units can be identified.
In order to serve all of those in need, we need more landlords and more available units.
Please consider being a part of the solution to "Connect Housing to Hope".

Landlord Rental Assistance Survey

If you are a landlord or property manager, please take a moment to submit your rental availability.  This information will be sent to our Housing & Support team to be shared with participants in our Housing programs who are in search of housing units.  Interested participants can then reach out to landlords individually.  Complete survey here.

Landlord Guide/Brochure

View the RCS Housing & Support Guide/Brochure to learn more about who we serve, landlord benefits, and how to become a RCS Housing & Support Landlord.  Download  here.


Basic Information

Our programs provide rental support for those experiencing extreme housing vulnerability compounded with income at or below 30% area median income. RCS Housing & Support participants are individuals, families, seniors, veterans, disabled and/or employed.

Partnership is the path toward a win/win scenario for housing the vulnerable in our community.  We are asking landlords to consider taking a RCS HUD Housing Voucher, wave any prior evictions and abide by Louisville's new Fair Housing Ordinance which prohibits discrimination in renting to persons based on arrest history, conviction history, homeless status, and prior military service.

In return, RCS Housing & Support will offer case management for every household. We can pay some or all of the rent for eligible participants to landlords starting at the Fair Market Rate and going up to Rent Reasonableness for a unit if funds are available.  NOTE: Rent Reasonableness is calculated based on comparable units in the rental area and are subject to HUD calculation requirements.

Landlord Benefits

  1. Consistent rent payments funded by HUD grants
  2. RCS pays application fees and deposits for eligible tenants
  3. A designated housing specialist to answer rental questions
  4. Case management support services for all tenants

View our 2020 Landlord Symposium

In October 2020, Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services hosted a Landlord Symposium inviting landlords, rental housing owners and property managers located in Louisville.  The goals of the virtual symposium were two-fold:  provide information and resources to landlords and property owners on topics including eviction prevention assistance and inspection readiness; and allow RCS and community partners to connect opportunities related to the landlord’s role in the federal Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Voucher program. View the 2020 Landlord Symposium here.

Pre-Inspection Checklist
New participants in our Housing& Support Division's programs must have a passed inspection before they can move in. Units are inspected annually, and a 90-day notice is provided to the tenant and the landlord. Time is given to make improvements on failed units.  See checklist on how to prepare for inspections.  View here.


FAQs

 

Q: What does the RCS Housing & Support division do?

A: The RCS Housing & Support division provides oversight of 10 HUD Rental Assistance grants. Every program participant is moving from homelessness to housing and is referred to RCS Housing & Support through the Coalition for the Homeless Common Assessment Team. These are HUD housing dollars allotted to provide temporary or permanent housing to homeless individuals. These programs provide housing to over 500 households per year with rental assistance. Each HUD grant has its own qualifying criteria.

Q: What are the different types of HUD funding for these programs?

A:  HUD funded programs include: HOME TBRA, ESG-RRH, Simon Hall Scattered, CoC TBRA, CoC RRH-DV, PSH I, PSH II, PSH III Chronically Homeless, St. Vincent de Paul Scattered, and COVID-19 ESG-CV.

Q: Who do we serve?

A: Our housing program participants are identified as homeless residents of Jefferson County who are one of the following: Young adults aged 18 to 24, seniors 65+, veterans, single adults, families with children, persons with disabilities, domestic violence victims.

Q: What services do we provide?

A: Tenants enter into a lease agreement directly with the landlord. RCS pays application fees and rental deposits for eligible participants/tenants. Tenants may have their rent paid partially or in its entirety. Note: These are not Section8 dollars. Some tenants may qualify for utility assistance. Rental payments are made directly to the landlord in advance of the first of the month due date. Every unit undergoes an initial and annual inspection to assure safe and healthy housing. Every tenant will have access to monthly case management support services. Every tenant and landlord will work with a designated housing specialist to assure compliance and timely rental payment processing.

Q: What is meant by fair market rent (FMR)?

A: The FMR is established annually by HUD with updates in the fall. Rent for participants cannot exceed these rates. Louisville Metro Government is not able to negotiate these rates. The formula is established by HUD.

Q: What is meant by rent reasonableness?

A: GoSection8.com is used to validate rent reasonableness for comparable units in the rental area. Housing & Support cannot pay more than the calculated Rent Reasonableness for a unit in a rent comparable area even if the Fair Market Rate is higher. If necessary, the Housing Specialist will contact the landlord to request an adjustment to the rent amount to fit within the parameters of the HUD funding.

Q: How does the rental process work?

A: First, the completed landlord packet is reviewed and fair market rate and rent reasonableness is determined. Then, a housing specialist enters in the payment. Then Metro's OMB (Office of Management and Budget) receives the request and processes the check. The check then mailed to the landlord.

Q: What can hold up payments?

A: Incomplete paperwork and failed inspections can hold up payments. Missing signatures from the landlord or participant, blank rent comps, or W-9 can mean late processing. New participants must have a passed inspection before they can move in. Units are inspected annually, and a 90-day notice is provided to the tenant and the landlord. Time is given to make improvements on failed units.

Q: Why partnership matters:

A:

  • Consistent rent payments funded by HUD grants.
  • RCS pays application fees and deposits for eligible tenants.
  • A designated housing specialist to answer rental questions.
  • Case management support services for all tenants.
Q: How can I become a RCS Housing & Support Landlord?

A:

  • Be willing to accept the RCS Housing Voucher. Note: Different programs have different qualifying criteria and rent reasonableness may impact the amount HUD is able to pay for a unit.
  • Be willing to enter a one-year lease with the voucher holder.
  • Return the Landlord Leasing Packet to the voucher holder (or the housing specialist) as soon as possible for processing.
  • Schedule a Housing Quality Standard Inspection Present the new tenant with the keys for move-in once the unit passes inspection.
  • Comply with all grant and program requirements.
  • Receive and process your monthly rental checks.
Q: How can I become a client with the RCS Housing & Support division?

A: Clients are referred by the Coalition of the Homeless Common Assessment team.  If you are homeless, call the Common Assessment line at (502) 637-2337 to get help with shelter and for a brief assessment to help link to other resources.

 

 



 

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