Veteran Doors - Renting Doors

VETERAN DOORS
HOUSING VETERANS, ONE DOOR AT A TIME

We are the bridge that connects Landlords in the Greater Cleveland Area to those most in need of housing. We believe no home should sit vacant while there are Veterans in need of housing.

No Veteran who wore the uniform should be without a safe, stable home. Together, let’s end homelessness among Veterans, once and for all in the Greater Cleveland area.

Major Mike

Mike Ficzner, Veteran
Veteran Doors Housing Mission
Cleveland, Ohio



EXPERIENCE OUR IMPACT

No one who served this country should be without a place to call home—period. Join the Veteran Doors Housing Mission , the White House, VA and others to help #EndVetshomelessness. Participate in a Stand Down, start a conversation, connect Veterans to VA and get involved. Lend your voice and let’s end homelessness among our nation’s Veterans.

Become a part of the Solution to ending Veteran Homelessness Benefits to working with Veteran Doors Housing Mission include:

LIST

VeteranDoors can quickly refer Veteran Tenants to fill vacancies, reducing the time spent screening and interviewing other tenants. Referrals of stable Veteran Tenants at the outset can reduce turnover long term.

LEASE

Monthly rental payments through the local housing authority and Fair Market Rent on your property. PLUS, a say in security deposits. Set your own amount based on local standards.

SUPPORT

Ongoing case management provides a safety net for Veterans and may lower default risks.

IMPACT

A chance to honor those who served. Landlords working to house Veterans in need are part of the solution to ending homelessness among Veterans and are giving back to those who sacrificed to keep our country safe and free.

GET INVOLVED

If you have a rental property, consider participating and house a Veteran, this program will help Veterans and their families overcome the challenges of homelessness and lead independent lives. To become a VeteranDoors landlord, you need units that can pass a HUD Housing Quality Standards inspection and a willingness to rent to a Veteran voucher holder.

For information on signing up a getting involved please contact Major Mike at mike@rentingdoors.com.

SITUATION

Community by community, the State is making progress toward ending Veteran homelessness. Even so, with Veterans accounting for about 10 percent of all adults facing homelessness, the need is great for more safe, stable housing. Landlords willing to rent to Veterans exiting homelessness or at risk of homelessness are critical.




MISSION​

VeteranDoors partners with Landlords to help expand housing and related services for Veterans exiting homelessness.



VISION

​We believe no home should sit vacant while there are Veterans in need of housing.



EXECUTION

HOUSING FIRST FACT SHEET

The Situation

An outreach worker met an Army Veteran at a downtown bus stop, which was serving as his makeshift shelter. Diagnosed with mental illness years ago, the Veteran had been in and out of the local hospital, jail and temporary shelter, but always ended up back on the street. The outreach worker asked the Veteran what type of help he could use. The Veteran said it would be nice to have a warm place to shower, fix a meal and sleep. The local shelter was crowded and there was no privacy. The outreach worker assisted the Veteran with the housing voucher application process that day and was soon helping the Veteran move into a furnished apartment nearby. The Veteran’s assigned care team stays in close touch to make sure he is receiving the appropriate services and benefits needed to remain stably housed.

Housing First, With Supportive Services

In the past, this Veteran may not have been seen as housing ready. His clinical history and criminal justice involvement might have led to a treatment-first approach, with counseling and a gradual move to permanent housing. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) takes a different approach with Housing First by quickly finding permanent housing for Veterans who are homeless and providing wraparound supportive services to help them maintain housing stability. The successful completion of a mental health or substance use treatment program is not a requirement to access housing. Housing First instead rapidly engages with Veterans living on the streets—or in cars, in shelters or other unstable situations—and assists them with finding the housing of their choice, even if they struggle with alcohol or drug use, and providing them with supportive services. Newly housed Veterans receive case management and individualized supportive services to sustain their housing and build their lives. Many services are provided in Veterans’ homes and in their communities by multidisciplinary teams.

Why Housing First?

VA uses this approach because it puts an end to the Veteran’s homelessness. Studies show that Housing First saves thousands of dollars, mainly by reducing the need for expensive temporary shelters and costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Housing First also decreases the frequency and duration of homelessness. Pioneered in the early 1990s, research shows that Housing First is the most effective and economical way to reduce homelessness among Veterans.

Teaming Up to Promote Success

Housing First uses a team case management model. The team may include a social worker, nurse, peer support specialist, substance use counselor, job developer and housing specialist to locate units for Veterans. The team individualizes and coordinates the right services for the Veteran so that he or she gets the precise assistance that will lead to a permanent home in the community.



GET READY FOR YOU HOUSING INSPECTION

Addressing important maintenance issues can help your property pass a housing inspection the first time around.


Making sure the unit has:

  • Working smoke alarm(s)
  • Proper ventilation in bathrooms (window or fan)
  • Connected utilities
  • A functional stove and refrigerator
  • A window in every bedroom that can stay open without props
  • A working water heater discharge line and pop/relief valves
  • Handrails for steps
  • Secure railings for porches and balconies

Making sure the unit has:

  • Broken or missing locks
  • Broken or missing windows
  • Bugs or vermin Tripping hazards on the floor
  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Chipping or peeling paint inside or outside
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