City to host virtual Landlord Symposium on October 28
On Wednesday, October 28, Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) will host the 2020 Landlord Symposium inviting landlords, rental housing owners, and property managers located in Louisville. The free, virtual event will be held on WebEx, from 2- 4 p.m.
The goals of the virtual symposium are 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.
Each year, the RCS Housing & Support division programs provides on-going rental assistance and case management services to help approximately 500 households (equivalent to 700 formerly homeless persons) obtain and maintain safe, affordable housing using multiple HUD grants. Through funding provided by HUD’s ESG (Emergency Solutions Grants) COVID-19 Relief Fund, the Housing and Support division is seeking to house an additional 150 to 170 households over the next two to three months.
Currently, the demand for affordable housing units in Louisville is high, and the inventory of affordable housing units is low. Because, the success of RCS Housing Voucher program depends on the availability of units in the private market, landlords play a pivotal role.
“Establishing positive relationships with landlords in our community is one of the most important factors when it comes to meeting the growing needs of our programs, said Dr. Lisa Lee Williams, program manager for the RCS Housing and Support division. “We look forward to engaging with landlords at the Landlord Symposium to share the benefits of participating in our programs including consistent rental payments, case management support services for participants, and the satisfaction of assisting unsheltered citizens with safe and healthy housing.”
Featured topics at the Landlord Symposium include: 1) “Partnership Pays - Landlord & Property Owner Programs”; 2) “No Vacancies - Inspection Readiness & Eviction Prevention”; 3) “Second Chance - Managing Prior Evictions”; and 4) “Home Sweet Home - Supporting the Homeless through Housing”.
To view a full conference agenda and to register for the 2020 Landlord Symposium, click here.
Referrals for the RCS Housing and Support division’s programs come through the Common Assessment Team with the Continuum of Care, our community’s comprehensive approach of addressing homelessness. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, call the Coalition for the Homeless Single Point of Entry line at (502) 637-2337 to get shelter.
For more information about programs and services provided by the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services.