Dakota County Social Services is conducting 60-Day Housing Challenge and needs landlords and others involved in the local housing industry to partner with us to meet this challenge. The goal is to quickly house as many homeless families and individuals as possible by Feb. 13.
Dakota County currently has an affordable housing shortage and historically high wait lists for emergency shelter. Securing housing is the most important step for people to be able to stabilize their lives after becoming homeless.
The goal of the 60-Day Housing Challenge is to recruit landlords and property managers willing to rent to families and individuals who are homeless and have rental barriers, like prior evictions or poor credit. Many of the homeless families currently staying in shelter have been approved for rental assistance or have a Section 8 voucher, but have been unable to secure an apartment due to the extremely tight rental market.
Landlords and community partners are needed to help with the challenge. Access to landlord risk mitigation programs may be available for interested landlords and qualified renters.
If you can help, please contact Kristin Bates, Housing Supervisor at 651-554-5634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also encourage landlords to list their properties and vacancies on www.housinglink.org.