The Landlord Engagement and Assistance Program (LEAP) provides incentives for landlords with rental housing units in the City of San Diego who rent to San Diegans experiencing homelessness — non-Veterans as well as Veterans.
Incentives for landlords include:
- $500 for the first unit landlords rent to a homeless household and $250 for each additional unit
- Up to two times the contract rent in security deposits and an average of $100 in utility assistance per household
- Up to $1.5 million set aside in a contingency fund to help landlords cover expenses, such as repairs that exceed security deposits
- Dedicated San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) housing specialists to answer landlords questions
In addition, to assist San Diegans experiencing homelessness who have pets, PetSmart Charities, Inc. awarded a $20,000 grant to SDHC in January 2018 to pay pet deposits to landlords and cover expenses related to the impact pets may have on a rental unit.
LEAP is an expansion of the landlord incentives program of the Housing Our Heroes initiative, which within 18 months helped 1,000 homeless Veterans secure permanent rental housing. More than 430 landlords participated in Housing Our Heroes.
LEAP is part of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, SDHC’s homelessness action plan, which directs $79.7 million in federal, City of San Diego, and SDHC resources over the next three fiscal years into six programs that will create permanent housing opportunities for 3,000 homeless individuals and families in the city.