DC Landlord Partnership Fund, LLC

The purpose of the District of Columbia Landlord Partnership Fund is to incentivize landlords to families or individuals who are exiting homelessness and have rental assistance through the following Department of Human Services (DHS) and (TCP) funded programs: Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH), Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) or the Coordinated Assistance and Resources for Encampments pilot (CARE) program. By offering compensation to landlords if excess damage and unpaid rent are incurred, the Fund can create a strong relationship with landlords who otherwise might not lease to individuals and families exiting homelessness.

  • Why a Fund is Crucial in the District of Columbia

    The District of Columbia is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing and a shortage of landlords willing to lease affordable units to households with histories of homelessness. Without more housing units accessible to these households, it will be extremely challenging for the District to match the households with available apartment units that meet their needs—resulting in longer stays in shelter and fewer exits to permanent housing.

    The District of Columbia has undertaken the following initiatives to achieve the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan to End Homelessness (Homeward DC). Through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Emergency Housing Vouchers Program (EHV) as well as the Coordinated Assistance and Resources for Encampments Pilot (CARE) program were established in efforts to expand supports to the current District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) and The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) funded programs.  The Landlord Partnership Fund provides financial support to landlords who lease units in the District as a means to facilitate housing solutions for residents.

  • How is the Fund Financed

    The Fund is supported by private funding. Local business groups and philanthropic organizations donate the resources to sustain this effort.

  • How is the Fund Administered

    The Fund is managed and administered through the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), an organization whose primary focus is devising, implementing, and advocating for affordable housing and community economic development solutions to serve the needs of low- and moderate-income District residents.

  • How is the Fund Structured

    This Fund is modeled on programs already in place in several cities in the United States, particularly the Landlord Liaison Project that has been established in Seattle and featured in the US Interagency Council on Homelessness solutions database. Landlords who enter into leases with families and individuals under CARE or with PSH/TAH vouchers, and RRH subsidies are eligible to participate in the Fund and can enroll through CNHED. DHS or TCP assigned case managers will be available and ready to assist both the landlord and the tenant at all steps of the relationship.

  • What Does the Fund Cover

    The Fund covers claims specifically and exclusively on units located in the District of Columbia and leased to tenants who receive rental assistance from RRH programs, and housed under CARE, PSH and TAH vouchers.

    • PSH or TAH leases that began January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019: the maximum amount of the claims is limited to $2,500 for physical damages, $5,000 for rent claims, and $5,000 for all claims that include both physical damages and rent claims.
    • PSH or TAH leases that began July 1, 2019 or later: the maximum amount of the claims is limited to $2,500 for physical damages, $2,500 for rent claims, and $2,500 for all claims that include both physical damages and rent claims.
    • RRH: the maximum amount of the claims is limited to $2,500 for physical damages, $5,000 for rent claims, and $5,000 for all claims that include both physical damages and rent claims.

    Have questions about the program? Email info@dclandlordpartnershipfund.org.

     

                 

     

  • Thank you to the LPF Funders
    Administration of the LPF is supported by Wells Fargo
    Launch and Capitalization of the LPF was sponsored by JPMorgan Chase

Useful Documents

Click below to download important information about the LPF, read about the process, and apply online!

Fact Sheet

Download a PDF Fact Sheet about the Landlord Partnership Fund.

Landlord FAQs

Download landlord FAQs.

Registration Form

Download a copy of the LPF Registration Form.

Claim Form

Download a copy of the LPF Claim Form.

The LPF Process

  1. DHS Case Manager and/ or Housing Navigator will work with potential landlords to fully explain the Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH), or Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) programs, as well as inform of the Landlord Partnership Fund.
  2. Once the landlord agrees to make a unit available to a client in one of these programs, the unit is added to the list of available units that are provided to families and individuals who are utilizing the emergency shelter system. Families and individuals will then view and apply for units based on their need(s).
  3. Client applies for the unit and the application is provided to the applicable landlord. The landlord decides if they wish to lease to the client and, if approved, is provided a Landlord Leasing Package by the case manager of the family or individual. Landlord fills out DHS’ Landlord Leasing Package, which includes the
  4. Landlord Partnership Fund (LPF) Participation Agreement. The landlord is required to fully complete and sign a separate LPF Participation Agreement for each unit, in order to be eligible for the fund. The LPF Participation Agreement must be filled out online or in person within 30 days of lease up.
  5. Landlord Leasing Package is reviewed for necessary documentation and completion.
  6. Upon approval of Landlord Leasing Package, DHS coordinates with the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) to schedule an inspection (based on landlord availability).
  7. Inspection occurs. If approved, the result is noted in the DHS system (STEP tool) and triggers the unit to be moved onto lease up. If unit fails inspection, DCHA will inform landlord of items to mitigate and advise of new date.
  8. After completion of lease up, DHS will notify CNHED that a Landlord has signed an LPF agreement and leased up a client.
  9. If a landlord decides to file a claim to the LPF, they will submit a completed claim form via mail or email to the addresses contained on the form for adjudication by the LPF Claims Committee.
  10. Once a claim is received, the LPF Claims Committee will verify that the Landlord signed an LPF agreement at lease up.
  11. The LPF Claims Committee will approve or deny the claim within 30 days of receiving the completed LPF claim paperwork and will authorize whatever payment from the LPF the claim warrants.

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