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Central Florida Landlords Being Recruited To Help Combat Veteran Homelessness

Photo courtesy the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A central Florida coalition is trying to recruit more landlords to accept homeless veterans at their properties.

Local government leaders, Veterans Affairs officials and advocates for the homeless will meet Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church in Orlando.

The focus is on housing vets in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties.

CEO of The Apartment Association of Greater Orlando Chip Tatum said some of them face barriers to housing including blemishes on their credit, an eviction, or minor criminal offenses.

“But the difference between these folks and a traditional resident coming in off the street is that they are provided with wrap-around services from a variety of different providers throughout central Florida,” said Tatum.

Tatum said occupancy rates are high right now so finding available, affordable housing is a challenge. But he said some landlords are already successfully participating in this VA program in central Florida and across the nation.

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Crystal Chavez comes to WMFE from Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, Texas. She served as the Morning Edition host in the Alamo City for the past three years. Crystal also produced a weekly radio program called Fronteras, providing in-depth reporting on U.S.-Mexico border issues, immigration and changing ... Read Full Bio »