The story of Daniel Neyra Portugal helps us to understand the barriers that come between low income population andadequate housing solutions in Buenos Aires, and how finding a rental in the city is a solution for many families without the immediate option of owning their own home.
Like many families without access to housing solutions in Buenos Aires, Daniel was living in an overcrowded and unsafe tenement building, paying as much as he would for an apartment rental in the city. In order to access a formal rental, families must meet a range of requirements and elicit trust in a landlord.
Daniel was unable to attain a necessary document called a guarantee, a common situation for families in Buenos Aires. Thanks to HPHA’s Assisted Rent program Daniel was able to break through barriers and access a rental of his own.
The Assisted Rent program aims to change the common perception among landlords that low-income families are unable to pay and maintain a rent, aiming to create trust and encouraging them to rent their properties to families through our program. Families are provided with the financial skills needed to create a viable budget, while HPHA negotiates with landlords for affordable rent, and provides support from start to finish. By demonstrating the possibilities of rentals as a solution to the urban housing problem, we hope to set a precedent and encourage positive relationships between landlords and families that have the potential to be reliable renters.
Today Daniel says, “From the time that I arrived (in Buenos Aires) I never gave up and in spite of the difficulties today my life has changed, I have plans for the future, and I will begin to save with the goal of a house of my own.”