Landlord Summit to Address Homeless Issues

Screen-Shot-2015-11-06-at-5.07Myoung Oh
Director of Government Affairs
Hawaii Association of REALTORS®

Governor David Ige, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Hawaii Association of Realtors, and Partners In Care will be hosting the first Landlord Summit on Oahu Tuesday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Dole Cannery Pomaikai Ballroom.

The Landlord Summit is designed as an opportunity to bring awareness and information to landlords, property managers, government officials, and members of the public on various housing and social service programs that are available to help families, individuals, and veterans who are without a home. Governor Ige will deliver opening remarks and Mayor Caldwell will provide closing statements.

The Landlord Summit will feature participating landlords who will share their first-hand involvement in providing housing units to previously homeless tenants. A number of community service providers and agencies will offer information on landlord opportunities, collaborative support, social services, Section 8 and VASH payments for lease rent and deposits, management and maintenance of housing units, and other housing-related issues.

Myoung Oh, Director of Government Affairs for the Hawaii Association of Realtors said, “Hawaii is experiencing an extreme housing crisis. We’re hoping this event will serve as a turning point for any landlord-tenant issues and an opportunity to meet key representatives from the State, City, and relative community service providers who will answer questions and concerns.

“Our goal is to educate and alleviate the misinformation that often leads to mistaken impressions of people in need. We’re hopeful that the Landlord Summit will provide success stories and valuable information on services for both landlords and tenants, as well as serve as a first step to increase the inventory of available rental housing to relieve Oahu’s homeless crisis.”

Oh noted that the pilot program is paid for without taxpayer monies through a grant from the National Association of Realtors and that HAR is responding to requests by leaders and social service agencies to do something – anything – to alleviate the crisis.

“Our goal is to begin problem-solving now to stem the potential increase of the homeless in Hawaii, now estimated at nearly 5,000 people on any given night in Honolulu. We know this is a very difficult and emotional issue for many people and through the efforts of our local Realtors, we hope to begin finding some light at the end of this tunnel. Furthermore, there are many levels of homelessness. We want to immediately find shelter for those on the streets and also prevent any more people from slipping through the cracks when they can’t make the rent,” Oh said.

The event is free for property owners, landlords, and anyone interested in learning more about how they can participate in programs designed to alleviate homelessness.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by the program from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and a service provider trade show from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/nj3q6ws or www.hawaiirealtors.com.

Following publication of a three-part series on homelessness in this space, the National Association of Residential Property Managers Landlord Tenant Q&A column will return to the Homes Section. This is part one of the series; parts two and three will focus on homelessness among veterans.

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