The District is committed to quickly returning persons experiencing homelessness to their communities. With this goal in mind, the District's New Lease On Life initiative partners with DC housing providers to connect qualified tenants who are seeking dignified, safe housing as their pathway out of homelessness.
Participating housing providers receive a subsidy directly from the government for rental payments, ensuring ease and reliability. Our Housing Navigators work closely with housing providers to identity available, affordable, apartment units in the District that provide a "new lease on life" to families and individuals in their communities.
Background on the campaign
New Lease on Life was created to effectively communicate beneficial housing program options to DC housing provider while supporting Mayor Bowser’s commitment to ending homelessness in the District of Columbia.
Upon entering office Mayor Bowser assembled a team of professionals who, led by the District’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, wrote and implemented Homeward DC, our strategic plan to make homelessness rare brief and non-recurring.
This plan has five key strategies:
Develop a more effective crisis response system where District residents experiencing homelessness feel safe and are supported to quickly get back on their feet.
Increase the supply of affordable and supportive housing with historic investments in affordable housing surpassing $100 million annually.
Remove barriers to affordable and supportive housing using a Housing First approach and increasing flexibility in requirements for access to housing whenever possible.
Increase the economic security of households in our system removed including targeted employment assistance.
Increase prevention efforts to stabilize households before housing loss occurs by implementing targeting homelessness prevention programming to stabilize individuals and families ask risk of experiencing homelessness.
The District of Columbia Landlord Partnership Fund
The District of Columbia Landlord Partnership Fund mitigates housing providers exposure to adverse cost including excess property damage and unpaid rent. This Fund was established and is maintained through a partnership with DC’s Downtown Business Improvement District and the Coalition for Non-Profit Housing and Economic Development.