Incentive program now available for Seattle landlords to house homeless

An incentive program for Seattle landlords to help house homeless people in their units is now available, according to a media release from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA).

The incentive program, which was announced last month, is seeking 800 units to support the effort.

Seattle landlords that are part of the program will receive the full amount of rent, guaranteed to be paid on time. The Housing Command Center will also cover security deposits and other one-time move-in expenses.

Prospective tenants will be taught rental responsibilities, apartment upkeep and how to be a good neighbor.

Tenants would also be regularly visited by program advocates, to address concerns and ensure the tenant is adapting to their new home.

Landlords will need to agree to alternative screening criteria that do not include credit checks or prior evictions.

“We often receive the question, ‘what can I do to help?’” said Marc Dones, CEO of the KCRHA. “This is one very clear way that you can take action and be part of a community effort to end homelessness.”

Interested landlords can reach the KCRHA at