Urban Research Associates / The impact of a housing allowance system in the city of Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin
Recommendations, pp. vi-viii
vi RECOMMENDATIONS I The major recommendation of this study is that an organization representing apartment owners/managers in Madison begin immediately to establish an educational program for landlords designed to inform them of the available housing-related assistance programs and the procedures for enabling their tenants to take advantage of them. This educational recommendation is subject to the successful ap- plication of the following two recommendations. II Nonpayment of rent by welfare tenants can be reduced substantially if the apartment owner/manager organization works to gain additional funding for the Dane County Social Service's Security Deposit Program. Currently funded at a low level, SDP provides some guarantee of rent payment and/or payment for damages should a tenant move without notice or damage the unit. III The apartment owner/manager organization should work within the ex- isting Dane County Social Service structure, and particularly the vendor-voucher/protective payee procedure to minimize the impact of rent defaults. The current participation in the protective payee procedure is about 2% of welfare recipients in the county, whereas a 10% statewide limit is specified before federal funding is lost. Thus a considerable increase in the number of participants utilizing this procedure would have minimal impact on state and local funding while providing considerable relief from the risk of continuing rent nonpayment. IV Landlords should work within the existing social services to shorten the qualifying time period between actual nonpayment of rent and eligibility for protective payee status. Just recently modified to two months, only procedural impediments stand in the way of a one- month qualifying period.
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