San Diego County wants to pay landlords to house the homeless

Landlords could get $500 bonus for first lease
Posted at 1:55 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 16:59:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Do you have an extra room available and are willing to help address the county's growing homeless crisis? 

San Diego wants to hear from you.

The County is offering landlords $500 for the first unit leased to someone or a family in need, and up to $250 for each additional leased. Tenants must have a rental assistance subsidy from the County of San Diego Housing Authority, according to County News Center.


Housing officials said the county is currently seeking to house more than 150 people with the subsidies but is having difficulty finding them homes.

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

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

Other benefits for landlords include:

  • 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 oversee the transition

Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact the County via 2-1-1 or on the 2-1-1's website here. 2-1-1 San Diego will refer landlords to the proper jurisdiction.