Creating Housing Partnerships with Nonprofit Organizations

How landlords can fill vacancies by renting to clients of nonprofit organizations

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I started as a struggling real estate investor and transformed into a change agent...

I decided to create this course after I received feedback from previous discussion posts I contributed to on, a real estate investing online community.

I ran Bell Investments with my parents from 2009 through 2014. During that time, we owned and managed 8 duplexes, a 10-unit apt building, and 1 townhouse, a total of 17 units (watch the promo video!). We primarily invested in low-income and working class neighborhoods to support the city's mission of eliminating blight. We ran into the same struggles as most landlords did, finding stable tenants. We took out ads, posted yard signs, flyers, and even began tenant referral incentives. One day, a social worker saw our duplex ad and called us regarding one of her clients who needed housing. As we met the social worker and the tenant, both were pleased with the unit and our management expectations. The social worker asked if we had any other available units to refer other tenants and we obliged; this is how we began working with nonprofits to house their clients. It was a niche not many people were familiar with, and we took initiative to meet the need. As a result, we became a resource to organizations who needed housing for their tenants as well as landlords who wanted to fill their vacant units.

After completing this course, you will walk away with a plan to connect with nonprofits in your area and fill your vacant units within 30 days.

This course is for investors and property managers who…

  • Have vacant multi-family units ready to be occupied
  • Want consistent rental income
  • Welcome additional tenant accountability
  • Are interested in a new way to market their rental properties

This course is not for …

  • Investors interested in short-term real estate investing
  • Investors/property managers with single-family homes

Before taking this course, students will need to:

  • Have a proficient knowledge of passive real estate investing (i.e. buy and hold).
  • Know their purpose for creating affordable housing/partnering with non-profit org's (the "why").


Your Instructor

Sonja R. Jones
Sonja R. Jones

I'm a happily married mother of five boys. I'm a school administrator by profession and reside in Memphis, TN.

My mission is to be a "builder of lives," igniting growth in others. Whatever I know that will help you succeed, I'm going to share it with you!

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Course Curriculum

  Course Introduction
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  Affordable Housing
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  Affordable Housing Target Market
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  Rental Best Practices
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  Community Partnerships
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  Landlord Tips
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"Hi Sonja! I have read your post in BP, and my thoughts were: You are EXACTLY what we need to see. "
- Lisa Phillips, Founder, Affordable REI

"You had very informative posts on the Bigger Pockets website a few years back on the subject of special needs housing. You gave more information in that 1 thread than I can find anywhere else on the internet in regards to anyone that has had success in the niche."

- Todd Hall, Caliber Realty

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. If you have questions throughout the course, feel free to email me at [email protected]
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I appreciate all feedback that I receive on this course! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me within 30 days of your purchase and I will give you a full refund.

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