By: Tim Johns
September 12, 2020 —
BAKERSFIELD, CA — After big successes over the past couple of years, the California Landlord’s Summit on Homelessness is coming back virtually on September 30.
“We’re going to be talking about issues like housing voucher programs, rent guarantees, tenant stabilization programs,” Ian Sharples, the executive director of the Income Property Association of Kern, said.
The event brings together over 300 landlords, property managers and developers from around the country and shows them why it can be beneficial to lease to someone who’s currently homeless.
“There’s a lot of stereotypes and a lot of prejudice and misinformation out there, that I think once landlords see what it actually looks like in practice, they’re going to be very surprised at the benefits not just for the community, but the benefits for their business as well,” Sharples said.
Last year, the summit’s success led to the housing of 94 local homeless individuals, saving $2.6 million for different public agencies in Kern County.
Sharples says the partnership with the private sector is key.
“The fact is you can’t end homelessness if there aren’t homes for people to go into. The private sector is the one, is the part of the economy that has the housing units for people to be housed in,” he said.
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And given that the event began right here in Bakersfield, Sharples believes it’s a way for Kern County to lead the state on tackling one of our most pressing issues.
“The California Landlord’s Summit on Homelessness has really become the premier event in California for landlords and people in the renting housing industry who want to make a difference on homelessness,” Sharples said.
You can register for the event here.
This article courtesy of Eyewitness News Bakersfield
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