Landlords Creating Solutions
Chicago Rents is a new initiative led by All Chicago to recruit and support landlord partners to fill their units with a purpose. We partner with homeless service providers throughout Chicago to support tenants in housing. We serve as the connector of landlords, people in need of homes, rental subsidies and housing support case managers. Together, we can end homelessness in Chicago.
All Chicago leads a community-wide effort to make homelessness history in Chicago. Landlords are the key to our vision of a Chicago where everyone has a home.
Why partner with us?
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Chicago Continuum of Care (CoC) developed the Expedited Housing Initiative (EHI) which will house 1,250 households in the next year. Meeting this goal will require a coordinated effort. Some of the benefits of partnering with the Chicago CoC include:
Landlords receive guaranteed, timely rent payments and security deposits, incentives to hold empty units, and funds are available to mitigate unforeseen costs and further support landlords.
Landlords won’t need to advertise unit vacancies, saving on advertising costs. Landlords can communicate directly to our staff about unit vacancies and have them filled right away. Chicago Rents can quickly refer tenants for available units. If the match doesn’t work out, we can help to facilitate a move into a more suitable unit and quickly identify a new tenant, avoiding costly evictions.
Tenant Case Management
Tenants receive supportive services for the duration of the lease from trained staff, laying the foundation for a positive tenant-landlord relationship while the case manager is responsive and available for any concerns. Landlords will have an additional point of contact if there are challenges with the tenant.
All Chicago will make timely payments and has recently introduced the use of direct deposit, allowing rent payments to be deposited straight into your account.
You can be part of the solution for ending homelessness for your neighbors in Chicago. On any given night, there are over 6,000 households experiencing homelessness in the city. As a landlord or property manager, you have an opportunity to help, while filling your units more quickly and having tenant support.
What is the Expedited Housing Initiative?
The COVID-19 crisis has made housing insecure populations even more vulnerable, and the need for housing is now more important than ever. To respond to this crisis, the Chicago Continuum of Care (CoC) is developed the Expedited Housing Initiative (EHI) to house those who are affected by, or vulnerable to, COVID-19.
EHI uses federal funding to assist individuals and families experiencing homeless to quickly obtain housing. This funding provides financial assistance and support services to ensure success. All Chicago serves as the System Coordinator for this funding and works with different partners throughout Chicago to provide housing.
The process of matching a tenant to an available unit involves six steps.
- Housing Locator Contact: Housing Locator contacts landlord about a potential tenant moving into a unit
- Viewing and Terms: Potential tenant views unit. Due to COVID-19, virtual viewings are preferred when possible. Housing staff, potential tenant, and landlord discuss terms.
- Inspection: Housing staff completes housing inspection. Due to COVID-19, virtual inspections are preferred when possible.
- Lease signing: Landlord and tenant sign program forms and lease, using DocuSign and other technology to facilitate social distancing.
- Payment: Program requires W-9 & direct deposit form for electronic payment.
- Move-in: Tenant will receive assistance moving in and obtaining furniture.
Share your available unit info
To support us in this effort, landlords can share their available unit openings using this survey.