Landlords are a Critical Key to Our Success
Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC) moved over 250 men experiencing homelessness into rental housing in fiscal year 2014. We believe in greater self-determination for the men we serve, which means helping them find apartments in places where they want to live. That requires finding lots of landlords to work with us because MSC does not own nor manage housing properties. We believe a scattered sites model using existing rental units owned by local landlords is ideal. This approach helps our agency keep costs down, provides more options for the men we serve, and provides tenants for locally owned businesses (landlords).
We also believe this approach provides a distinct advantage to landlords. Obviously, since our clients’ incomes fall below the poverty level, they need very affordable, desirable rental housing. This can be a challenging market for landlords with lots of turnover because their tenants are often barely making ends meet. When MSC helps a man obtain an apartment, our housing specialists continue to offer assistance to our client, including working with the landlord to make the experience a positive one for all. Landlords like knowing they have someone to call on for assistance when one of their tenants, who is an MSC client, hits a bump in the road.
Having our Housing Specialists own the process of recruiting landlords, placing men in apartments, and then providing follow up care, allows a true relationship to form between all which leads to long-term partnerships. This approach is working. MSC has men living in apartments all over Charlotte and throughout Mecklenburg County.
Towards the end of January we will be publishing our second community Impact Report complete with a map demonstrating the wide geographic reach of our scattered sites rental housing model. The report will be on our website – www.MensShelterofCharlotte.org – and I encourage you to check it out.
If you’re a landlord and would like to know more about working with MSC, please contact us at 704.334.3187 and ask to speak with Stephanie Shatto, Shamika Murray, or Sedgrick Gadsden.
If you’re already a landlord partner with MSC, thank you – you are helping end homelessness for men in our community!