Latest in Gear

Image credit: Zillow

Zillow's new search tool helps find housing for those in need

The platform is working with a housing company in Washington to tackle homelessness.
148 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Zillow

Escaping homelessness is an enormous undertaking, not least because so many landlords and property managers have strict criteria for new tenants. Those that have been homeless are often unable to provide rental histories or sizeable deposits, for example. Now though, property platform Zillow is teaming up with a housing company in Washington to help tackle the problem.

Housing Connector is a Kings County-based organization whose mission it is to fill the area's vacant rental units with those most in need of a home. It does so by providing free referrals to ready-to-rent residents, and risk mitigation to landlords willing to lower barriers and rent to households experiencing homelessness. Zillow will now include an "Accepts Housing Connector" checkbox on its property search, meaning that case managers no longer have to laboriously look for suitable homes for their clients on a property-by-property basis.

Some 35 landlords and 42 nonprofit service providers are already active on the platform as it launches, with more expected to be added soon. Housing Connector has already helped 460 individuals and families find suitable homes, and says that by using its services those experiencing homelessness can find and move into their next home 30 percent faster than those facing the same barriers without support. It's hoped that the inclusion of the Housing Connector search function on Zillow will help drive wait times even lower.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
148 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Blizzard's cancelled 'StarCraft: Ghost' leaks in playable form

Blizzard's cancelled 'StarCraft: Ghost' leaks in playable form

View
The Galaxy Z Flip's glass screen isn't very durable

The Galaxy Z Flip's glass screen isn't very durable

View
New York AG won't keep fighting T-Mobile merger with Sprint

New York AG won't keep fighting T-Mobile merger with Sprint

View
Tesla ordered to halt early work on its German Gigafactory

Tesla ordered to halt early work on its German Gigafactory

View
'Sonic the Hedgehog' breaks record for a video game movie debut

'Sonic the Hedgehog' breaks record for a video game movie debut

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr