The independent agency will leverage Property Inspect’s platform to assist with its federally-funded Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections
SEATTLE, WA (January 24, 2023) – Property Inspect, the award-winning app for property inspections and reporting, is proud to announce its partnership with the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA), uniting in its mission to end homelessness in Seattle and the wider King County, WA area.
In a recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the latest available data revealed that 13,368 people were experiencing homelessness in the Seattle/King County area, third only to Los Angeles City & County, CA (65,111) and New York City, NY (61,840).
However, statistics can tell only so much of the story – it is the knowledge derived from a lived experience of homelessness that KCRHA puts at the heart of its approach as it works ceaselessly to fulfill its mission of ending homelessness for all.
One way it seeks to do that is through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a federally funded scheme for assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled, so they are able to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.
The vouchers are administered by regional public housing agencies supported by federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
King County Regional Homelessness Authority is one such agency administering Housing Choice Vouchers, alongside support and resources that help homeless individuals and families find much-needed stability and security.
Data, proven practices, and community feedback have enabled the organization to design a homelessness response system that helps people most in need. In 2022 alone the system had served close to 10,000 households that have experienced homelessness, 17% of which are families with children.
KCRHA has added the Property Inspect app to its tech stack, which the team uses to carry out Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections and habitability certification reports, a requirement under the HCV program.
Housing Quality Standards establish the minimum criteria of a private rental unit and consist of 13 key aspects of housing quality. Using the app, KCRHA can digitize and streamline its HQS inspections, transforming the process from traditional pen and paper to an app and web-based inspection platform, cutting the time it takes to inspect by half and allowing for the quick identification of any compliance and safety issues that could put incoming tenants at risk.
Ray Costello, Director of US Sales, Property Inspect, comments:
“It would be an understatement to say we are honored to have the opportunity to be part of this incredible community initiative in King County, Washington. Property Inspect has long believed that innovative, app-based inspection tools can play a huge part in solving the issue of homelessness. We’ve seen it with our work in other municipalities in the United States, so we’re proud to partner with KCRHA and join them in their mission to end homelessness for all.”
Property Inspect is helping local governments accelerate their subsidized housing and streamlining the HUD inspection and certification process. Property Inspect has cut down certification times by 50%. Our HUD specific templates along with self and live inspection technology are actively helping local governments house people more efficiently, affordably, and consistently.
Read more on how our HUD Inspection Reports are helping other municipalities
About Property Inspect
Property Inspect is a global award-winning property inspection and operations platform packed with time-saving and revenue-generating features to empower the real estate market by streamlining property operations and improving the lives of the people that manage them.
The company, founded in 2015, serves industries across the globe, from residential to commercial real estate and housing to hospitality, intending to make every building we live and work in compliant, transparent, and safe.
Through workflows, audits and assisted scheduling, together with online and offline training and support, Property Inspect provides the complete package for the real estate industry.
To learn more about Property Inspect, book a demo or contact us to learn how we can help you produce professional property reports, periodic inspections, building audits, risk assessments and more using our award-winning inspection software. For more information or to book a demo, visit propertyinspect.com.
About King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA)
Every person deserves a safe and stable place to live. Building on the Puget Sound region’s spirit of innovation and vision of shared prosperity, the KCRHA was designed to unify and coordinate policy, funding, and services for people experiencing homelessness across all of King County.
Our theory of change: If we create a homelessness response system that centers people who have lived experience of homelessness, then we will be able to focus on responding to needs and eliminating inequities, in order to end homelessness for all.
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