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Q: What specifically are you asking me to do?
A: We would like to work with you on easing some of the eligibility criteria for the people we are trying to help move into permanent housing. Some of our landlord partners have adopted separate eligibility criteria for people referred to them by HAWC Community Partners. Of course, the landlord always has the discretion to approve each individual applicant. Please see the list of eligibility criteria frequently used by landlords partnering with HAWC.
Q: What will happen if I have any problems with the new resident?
A: People directly referred to you by HAWC partners will have a case manager who will check in with the resident and work on any issues that arise. The goal is to assist people to remain stably housed. You will know the case manager and have her/his phone number.
Q: If I adopt a different set of eligibility criteria for HAWC tenants, what about the Fair Housing Act?
A: HAWC and HAWC Community Partners are aligned with the Zero: 2016 initiative, the successor to the 100,000 Homes Campaign. The national campaign has researched the issue of fair housing to ensure that federal fair housing laws are observed by participating cities. Please review the fair housing legal opinion obtained by the national campaign.
Q: Why is it hard for people who are homeless to find housing?
A: People transitioning from homelessness often cannot access permanent housing because of poor credit, a prior eviction, previous involvement with the criminal justice system, or other issues, even if they have a housing voucher or sufficient income to pay rent.