What is Housing Operations?
The Housing Operations Department networks with community partners, landlords and property managers throughout the Tri-County to maintain sustainable housing for program participants. The Housing Operations team consists of the Housing Operations Manager, two Housing Locators, two Stakeholder Specialists, and an HQS Inspector. This team works to find innovative ways to reduce obstacles that will bring tenants and participating property owners together. Rental housing in Central Florida is very limited, as of August 2018, the average cost of renting an apartment in Orlando was $1,256 per month, with a one bedroom at $1,109 and a two bedroom at $1,339. Data shows that rental rates have continued to steadily climb over the past six months as well. The Housing Operations team works to recruit and maintain relationships with local property owners willing to accept lower than market rent as well as rent to households with rental barriers, such as past evictions, low-income, poor credit or criminal convictions. Along the way, this team and the entire network of HSN have worked to improve the lives for participating tenants and boosted bottom-lines for our participating property owners a combination that in 2018 facilitated in housing 377 of Central Florida previously homeless residents.