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Program pays 12 months' rent and provides supportive services to participants.

COURTESY GRAPHIC: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - The Move In Multnomah banner from the county website.Two months ago, homeless advocates opposed to Mayor Ted Wheeler considering the idea of creating three camps housing 1,000 homeless each called instead for them to be housed in vacant apartments. As it turns out, there is already a program that works with landlords to rent to the homeless. Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury announced it is now seeking more landlords willing to participate.

Move-in Multnomah pays 12 months' rent and provides supportive services for homeless people in the existing program. Landlords can still apply their regular screening criteria.

Kafoury said additional landlords can apply by June 30 to participate in an expansion funded by $4 million from Metro's homeless supportive services measure.

"We need to do more and we will," said Kafoury, adding that the county is issuing a call to action for more landlords to join us. No apartment should sit unoccupied while neighbors live outside."

Kafoury and other officials at the press conference said they do not know how landlords are currently participating in the program or how many more they expect to join, but the more the better.

Violet Larry, a landlord whose family has owned rental properties in Portland for 50 years, works with the Urban League of Portland to house people in need of help, including low-income single parents. She said her experience have been positive.

"We were skeptical at first, but we tried it. It has been one of the best partnerships we have had," said Larry, who listed the benefits as full market rate rent payments on time and conflict resolution services.

Landlords willing to participate can learn more and apply at Move-in Multnomah.


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