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Join the WelcomeHomeOC℠ Property Owner Network!

WelcomeHomeOC is a landlord incentive program that provides financial incentives such as double security deposits, sign-on bonus, holding fees, and other assurances for landlords who rent units in Orange County to individuals, Veterans, and families with a housing voucher.

The program is a joint effort between the United to End Homelessness℠ initiative, Orange County United Way, Public Housing Authorities, and rental property owners to reduce the time involved in the search for housing by increasing the availability of rental units.

Property owners are essential partners in this proven solution that provides multiple benefits.


  • Fill Vacancies
  • Double Deposits, Incentives, and Assurances
  • Guaranteed Monthly Rent Deposit from the Housing Authority
  • Help Orange County Veterans and Families
Vacancies Filled Quickly

Vacancies Filled Quickly

WelcomeHomeOC maintains a wait list of eligible families and individuals in need of housing, which means your vacancies will be filled quickly!

Low Turnover

Low Turnover

The program’s retention rate is over 90%

Property Owner Stays In Control

Property Owner Stays in Control

Property owners retain the right to review and select residents. A property owner may terminate tenancy at any time, with just cause, by providing the resident and WelcomeHomeOC a 90-day notice.

“This process is a win-win for everyone involved. It provides sound business benefits to property owners while at the same time, a rewarding opportunity to better the community by helping to end homelessness in Orange County.”

Ernie Schroeder Quote for WelcomeHomeOC, Property Owner Network


New Owner Participation & Signing Bonus

New Owner Participation Signing Bonus

When a new owner agrees to rent to a program participant and has not rented to a program participant in the past two years, the property owner is eligible to receive a one-time payment of $500. A full year (12 month) lease agreement is required.

Security Deposit

Security Deposit

A security deposit of up to two months’ rent is provided to property owners.

Holding Fee

Holding Fee

Holding fees are also provided to property owners at per diem of monthly rent.

Damage Mitigation Fund

Damage Mitigation Fund

Should the need arise, property owners will have access to an additional $3,000 per unit to cover damage mitigation claims.

Consistent And On-Time Rental Payment

Consistent and On-Time Rental Payment

Public Housing Authority partners pay their portion of the contract rent through direct deposit to the property owner’s bank account and help hold residents responsible for paying their monthly rent portion on time.

Enhanced Customer Service & Assistance

Enhanced Customer Service & Assistance

Includes streamlined set-up with Public Housing Authorities, direct access to qualified support specialists, and a Property Owner Manager Hotline for any urgent developments outside of business hours.


step 1

Property owners submit unit availability to WelcomeHomeOC.

step 2

WelcomeHomeOC matches voucher holder with unit and submits application to property owner for review and approval.

step 3

WelcomeHomeOC provides holding fee, application fee, and a double security deposit to property owner. Simultaneously, supportive services and new furniture are provided to the program resident.

step 4

Property owner receives rent directly from Public Housing Authority + a portion of the rent from program resident.

How WelcomeHomeOC Property Owner Network Works


Already has 60+ property owners in the network

100+ property owners in the network

The WelcomeHomeOC,Property Owner Network is endorsed by AAOC

Endorsed by Apartment Association of Orange County (AAOC)

WelcomeHomeOC,Property Owner Network is endorsed by CAA

Endorsed by California Apartment Association (CAA)

The WelcomeHomeOC,Property Owner Network is nationally recognized by HUD

Nationally recognized by HUD as a “best-practice program”

“Without this program, I think I would still be sleeping in my car right now.”

-Day, Army Veteran

WelcomeHomeOC, Property Owner Network Program Participant Beneficiary: Veteran Day


The WelcomeHomeOC program is part of the United to End Homelessness initiative and is a joint effort between Orange County United Way, Public Housing Authorities, and nonprofit service providers.

Individuals and families participating in the program receive wraparound supportive services from service provider partners to assist with health & wellness, financial stability, life skills, family, and self-sufficiency. The program also provides them with a new set of basic furniture, which means they are set up for success from day one. 

100 people ended their homelessness in the first year of the WelcomeHomeOC program. In the midst of the pandemic, 100 more were housed in just the first 6 months of the second year.

When you join the WelcomeHomeOC Property Owner Network, you will be recognized as a WelcomeHomeOC Champion for being part of the solution to end homelessness in Orange County.

As critical partners to the success of this program, WelcomeHomeOC Champions are also invited to participate in special WelcomeHomeOC events, including networking, education, and an annual recognition event for this esteemed group.

“WelcomeHomeOC is the best conceived and most landlord-friendly social assistance program I have seen in three decades of property management. I wish it was everywhere.”

James Wohrman Quote for WelcomeHomeOC, Property Owner Network


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Property Engagement team at WelcomeHomeOC@UnitedWayOC.org or by filling out the form below.

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