Our goal: Secure housing for 100 families in 100 days. We need your help!
With additional funding through the 2020 CARES Act, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority (HRHA) is urgently looking to find housing for 100 new Harrisonburg and Rockingham families by September 30, 2020. As a result of COVID-19, individuals and families have seen increased challenges in accessing affordable housing.
In our community, we simply do not have enough landlords who accept housing vouchers. This means individuals and families who have been approved for housing assistance, looking for a place to rent, are unable to find one. We need your help!
Secured Housing for 5 Families
Partnered with 2 New Landlords
Goal: Secure Housing for 100 Families
Goal: Recruit 20 New Participating Landlords
When you think of “section 8” or “affordable housing” or “voucher holders” who comes to mind? What do they look like? How do they live? One of the largest challenges in securing affordable housing for our community members is addressing stereotypes, scripts, and biases. The truth is, there are over 800 individuals and families who hold a housing voucher with HRHA, living all across Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Our families shop at your stores, attend your events & church services, and share your sidewalks and streets. They just need a hand covering rent every month in order to make ends meet. Sometimes a drastic life event has taken the rug out from under them, and they need a roof over their head to find stability among what feels like a free fall. Other times they need to ease the rent burden to work towards self-sufficiency. Take it from one of our landlords:
“Having spoken to my tenants and gaining a glimpse into their lives, I see how important this program is to them to provide safe, comfortable housing for their families. It has enabled them to raise children that have the ability to further their education and break the assistance cycle.”
We need to talk about housing. Every month dozens of individuals and families, who have been approved for a housing voucher, call around to find a landlord who will accept them. They often are unable to find one.
We have the funding to secure housing for 100 families who need it. We have the staff and community members to support them. Help us secure the final piece: participating landlords.
Are you a landlord who wants to help address the affordable housing crisis while receiving consistent monthly income?
“It’s not a sacrifice on our part – getting added to the list actually makes the apartment easier to advertise, and we receive most of the rent directly from HRHA each month. So in many ways it feels like a more secure financial decision and a way of making a difference in the affordable housing crisis in our community at the same time.”