Allegheny County fund would encourage more landlords to rent to subsidized tenants

By: Kate Giammarise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Published: May 13, 2017

A special fund aims to encourage more local landlords to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly referred to as Section 8.

Allegheny County will start a fund to incentivize more landlords to participate in the program. Using a $50,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, county human service officials will have money to cover any extensive damages or lengthy vacancies — sort of like an enhanced security deposit. It would be open to landlords participating in the program, or who are willing to house tenants receiving other types of housing subsidies, such as rehousing assistance available to formerly homeless families.

The idea is modeled off similar programs in other cities, said Chuck Keenan, administrator of the bureau of homeless services for the county. It also grew out of focus groups with rental landlords hosted by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.

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