HW! Housing Navigation Unit

HOUSE WAKE! is a strategic plan to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on homeless and precariously housed Wake County residents, while maximizing opportunities for positive long-term outcomes.

You, as a property manager, have an opportunity to positively impact the lives of those at risk of becoming or currently experiencing homelessness while also ensuring your business needs are met through participating in the Housing Navigation & Landlord Engagement Program portion of the House Wake! program.

HOUSE WAKE! uses a Housing Navigation Unit (HNU) to connect housing opportunities (property managers) and those that are in need of housing. They also provide continued support to participating property managers.


Sign on Bonus: Up to $750 per lease signed with HOUSE WAKE! HNU


Risk Mitigation Reimbursement: Up to $2,500 beyond security deposit


Financial Assistance: Paid directly to property manager


Agency Support: To mitigate concerns with residents

2021 Raleigh / Wake County Fair Market Rents (FMR)

Studio / Efficiency – $1,013
1-Bedroom – $1,053
2-Bedroom – $1,200
3-Bedroom – $1,509
4-Bedroom – $1,950

Who screens the resident?

You do! As the property manager, you have the final approval in determining the eligibility of a resident according to your own requirements.

What can I charge for rent?

Our programs operate under the Fair Market Rent standards provided by HUD. Current 2021 Raleigh / Wake Fair Market Rents (Raleigh MSA):


  • Studio / Efficiency – $1,013
  • 1-Bedroom – $1,053
  • 2-Bedroom – $1,200
  • 3-Bedroom – $1,509
  • 4-Bedroom – $1,950
Who do I call if I have a question or problem?

If the property manager has additional questions/concerns that cannot be addressed with the resident, the manager may contact the HOUSE WAKE! Housing Navigation Unit.

Who should I contact if I would like to rent additional properties through HOUSE WAKE! HNU?

If you have additional properties, apartments, or homes available to rent or would like to refer another property manager to the program, you may contact the HOUSE WAKE! HNU by email at HW_HNU@partnershipwake.org.

Will I have to change my rental application process?

No, your processes stay the same.

Can I continue to use my lease?

Yes! You will continue to do business as usual: your lease, your application, and whatever other requirements you already have will continue.

How will I get paid?

The same way your other residents pay rent! Direct deposit, mail-in check, pick up in person, online. You, the resident, & the partner agency will agree upon terms.

What paperwork do we need to get started?

We need a W-9 and a completed HOUSE WAKE! Enrollment Form.

Does it cost property managers anything to be apart of the HOUSE WAKE! Program?

No, we just ask the property manager to make the unit that they are providing be Fair Market Rent.

Can I do a shared housing lease agreement?

Yes, if that is how best you want to utilize your property with the HOUSE WAKE!. 

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