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Home base MA (by bet [MA]) Jun 16, 2019 11:47 AM
       Home base MA (by NE [PA]) Jun 16, 2019 11:58 AM
       Home base MA (by JKJ [MA]) Jun 16, 2019 12:00 PM
       Home base MA (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jun 16, 2019 2:21 PM
       Home base MA (by TenantWhisperer [MA]) Jun 16, 2019 4:04 PM
       Home base MA (by Steve [MA]) Jun 16, 2019 4:47 PM
       Home base MA (by Robert J [CA]) Jun 16, 2019 5:45 PM
       Home base MA (by S i d [MO]) Jun 16, 2019 6:56 PM
       Home base MA (by Vee [OH]) Jun 17, 2019 11:50 AM

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Home base MA (by bet [MA]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 11:47 AM

It appears that have tighten their grant qualifications to be approved, applicant has to be homeless. But there still is a ton looking for apartments. Anyone have any positive experience with these renters? --73.227.xxx.xxx

Home base MA (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 11:58 AM

What good could come from it for you? --174.201.xx.xx

Home base MA (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 12:00 PM

I would still screen them like anyone else, 99.9% won’t pass my screening criteria. I have never rented to someone receiving Homebase vouchers, but have had inquiries from them. Everyone of them had an attitude and sense of entitlement, granted that was only a very small percentage of people in the program. --71.248.xxx.xxx

Home base MA (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 2:21 PM

Every one with a voucher is a homeless person?

What could possibly go wrong. --98.146.xxx.xxx

Home base MA (by TenantWhisperer [MA]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 4:04 PM

I tried 3 of them - had to evict all 3.

Homebase does not screen and only "guarantees" 1 year of rent. What happens on month 13 when the tenant couldn't afford it in the first place? 3 guesses! Never again.


Home base MA (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 4:47 PM

Bet, I've had good & bad results with the home base program. When it first started I tried a few. I've had some that had their funds extended past the first year.

Even though I decided a couple of years ago to not take any more, I recently took one. It was for a single Mom with a 7 year old son. If I didn't personally know her background, I would have found a reason to not accept her at this time. I never reject an applicant, I do however frequently find a reason to not accept an applicant.

This particular woman works full time selling home energy services & has been hired to work part time at the new Encore Casino. She almost makes enough to qualify on her own with just her day job. Her trouble was coming up with the almost 5K move in funds. Home Base is paying all of her move in monies except the key & lock fee. Hopefully I won't regret taking a chance with her.

I've found that their success depends upon the LL doing a good job screening the applicant as well as the agency that is handling the program & the PHA that is in charge of disbursing the funds. --96.237.xx.xx

Home base MA (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 5:45 PM

Los Angeles, Section 8 and the Prison System have teamed up to find rentals for "Early Released Felon's". Why? Because all of the above make a commission from the monthly funds used for the program received from the State, and in return from the Fed's.

The program guarantees the first six months of rent AND they give on top of that a nice $500 deposit. What they don't do is give the landlord a tenants application. Why? They say it's not necessary because they did all of the checking.

The truth is if the applicant provided an application and you ran a standard credit check, You'd need to buy more reams of paper and ink for your printer -- they rap sheet reads like a book.


Home base MA (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jun 16, 2019 6:56 PM

See this post's twin brother "MA Homebase", posted in 2015. The stories and people who are looking to get into this program are instructive.

You can find it as # 3 if you go to the Top 100 Discussions of the Year list. It shows up on the 2019 list due to ongoing posts that resurrect it from time to time. Wonder if this one will enjoy a similar lifespan? --173.20.xxx.xxx

Home base MA (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 17, 2019 11:50 AM

I have 3 of those programs here in the big city, none of them want to pay a water bill so that is strike 1, and no deposit - strike 2, no income suggesting I become a house donor - I suggested giving them them decayed housing as they will have oodles of free time to tinker with repairs, the agency did not like that idea because they would have to pay repairs and utilities (like everyone else), I said I will consider it when we get free utilities and maintenance from the county or city... --76.188.xxx.xx

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