To meet the most basic human needs of the disadvantaged — housing and employment — by providing education, training and mentoring in the property management industry, quite often as resident managers. The program seeks to break the cycle of poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence by instilling pride and marketable skills in our participants — bringing families home again.
San Diego County Necessity for Service
The concept for REstart dates to the early 1990’s when Lewis and Greenblatt, both Certified Property Manager (CPM®) members of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) observed first hand the struggle many San Diego families had obtaining quality housing and providing for child care. As landlords, they were occasionally forced to evict families from their homes when they fell behind on their rent.
The struggle for low and even moderate income families has intensified as housing costs, always high, began to skyrocket in the second half of the 1990s. Currently, San Diego has the least affordable housing in Southern California, according to the state board of Realtors, and only 23 percent of its residents can afford to buy a home, according to the San Diego Housing Commission.
In addition to the individual requirements for housing and employment, there is a great need in San Diego for qualified and trained employees. Currently, the unemployment rate in San Diego is 2.3%. Employers with entry-level jobs are having a particularly hard time recruiting quality candidates. Thus, many of the REstart graduates are being hired during their internship prior to completing the program.
Homelessness can affect anybody…
The homeless population in San Diego City and County is now the 4th largest in the country. Nearly 48% of those without housing are sleeping on the street. This program helps homeless families with what most of us take for granted; our most basic needs –housing and employment.