$1,000 Bonuses Offered to Placer County Landlords Who Lease to Homeless Veterans

The Placer County Housing Authority is offering $1,000 to landlords who rent dwellings to homeless veterans. The money comes from the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and is aimed at incentivizing landlords to help get Placer’s homeless veterans off the streets.

“Some landlords don’t feel comfortable taking someone who’s facing homelessness — the incentive can give the landlords reassurance,” said Derrick Oliveira with the Placer County Veterans Service Office, as quoted by the Sacramento Bee. “Veterans make good tenants. There’s some misconception that homeless folks may not make the best tenants, but homeless veterans do make good tenants, and we’re just trying to show landlords how seriously we take this.”

There are 45 registered homeless veterans in Placer County. The actual number is believed to be much higher. There are an estimated 646 veterans in neighboring Sacramento County who lack permanent homes.

Read more about Placer County’s homeless veterans and the HUD-VASH program here.