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.
PROPERTY OWNER BENEFITS
- Fill Vacancies
- Double Deposits, Incentives, and Assurances
- Guaranteed Rent
- Help Orange County Veterans and Families
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!
Rent Paid In Full & On Time
Since the program’s inception in 2018, rent collection for participating units is 100%.
The program has a very low annual turnover rate of 5.6%! Compare this with the much higher 2018 Orange County average of 19.5%.
Since the program’s inception in 2018, WelcomeHomeOC has housed more than 200 individuals and has had ZERO evictions.
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.”
PROPERTY OWNER INCENTIVES
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.
A security deposit of up to two months’ rent is provided to property owners.
Holding fees are also provided to property owners at per diem of monthly rent.
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
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
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.
HOW THE WELCOMEHOMEOC PROGRAM WORKS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS
Property owners submit unit availability to WelcomeHomeOC.
WelcomeHomeOC matches voucher holder with unit and submits application to property owner for review and approval.
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.
Property owner receives rent directly from Public Housing Authority + a portion of the rent from program resident.
A PROVEN PROGRAM FOR PROPERTY OWNERS AND LANDLORDS
Already has 60+ property owners in the network
Endorsed by Apartment Association of Orange County (AAOC)
Endorsed by California Apartment Association (CAA)
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
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO END HOMELESSNESS!
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.”
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT 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.