Engaging with landlords can be difficult. Building lasting positive relationships can be even more challenging. Join us, and a group of experts for our Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on how to best engage with landlords in the context of Housing First programs.
The success of Housing First programs depends on the availability of high-quality housing options for program participants to live in over a long-term period. Scattered site, independent housing is a cornerstone of the Housing First model. Private market landlords are critical to providing this kind of housing and are considered an “essential partner” in Housing First. One of the key tasks of Housing First programs is to build and maintain productive relationships with landlords who are willing to rent to
program participants. Positive relationships with landlords can support the well-being of program participants, facilitate recovery and contribute to successful tenancies.
Do you have any questions or suggestions on ways to work together with landlords? Can you share examples of concerns landlords have expressed and how you addressed them?
You are invited to post your questions in advance of the AMA and you can join the discussion, live from 1-2PM (ET) on February 22nd, 2018. The toolkit is available now, read more here.
All questions are welcome! The experts can cover topics such as:
- Building and maintaining relationships with private market landlords;
- Assisting landlords with filling vacancies in a quick and efficient manner;
- Creating open communication between all parties involved in the housing process;
- Assisting landlords and clients in resolving conflicts;
- Promptly and collaboratively addressing landlord concerns; and,
- Assisting clients with maintaining appropriate housing.
Is your question time sensitive? Don’t wait! You can post urgent questions on the Workspace or contact HPS or the COH directly. To learn more about AMAs, check out our previous AMA with Wally Czech on Housing First.
More about us:
Ashley Meilleur is managing Housing Plus, the coordinated program for the Housing First initiative in Winnipeg. Her main role is landlord procurement. Since starting with Housing Plus, she has increased available properties by 600! Ashley brings 17 years of experience within the homeless/mental health sector and is on her way to acquire her PhD in Psychology. On top of her busy work she also sits on a few boards within affordable housing development, support models around Housing First, mental health advocacy and homelessness prevention.
Dr. Tim Aubry is a Full Professor in the School of Psychology and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services at the University of Ottawa. He is currently holder of the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Chair in Community Mental Health and Homelessness. Over the course of his career, Dr. Aubry has collaborated on research projects with community organizations and government at all levels, contributing to the development of effective social programs and policies. He was a Member of the National Research Team and the Co-Lead of the Moncton site in At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He teaches graduate courses at the University of Ottawa in community psychology and program evaluation.
Jennifer Rae is a recent PhD graduate in the School of Psychology and a Researcher at the Centre for Research on Education and Community Services at the University of Ottawa. She is a co-author of TheLandlord Engagement Toolkit: A Guide to Working with Landlords in Housing First Programs.