The founders of Uncle Dave's Housing are the experts when it comes to shared housing. How
many other group home coaches can tell you they have housed over 35,000 people in the past 14 years? They have the experience, so nothing surprises them anymore. They have heard every story of why someone is not paying rent. They know how to manage residents, managers, and supervisors. Did we mention all the house managers are "Volunteers"?
In 2005 after serving time in prison Uncle Dave was release with $200 gate fee money, a shoebox of his life possessions and a bus ticket. His family and friends had disowned him after learning about his life of crime. He had nowhere to go and worse he had no where to live. He was homeless. Fortunately, a Jewish treatment center let him stay with them. At this rehab he found the love of his life, Felicia Edelman. Felicia was at the rehab for her addiction to methamphetamines. She had taken them all through law school and could not stop using the drugs. She was sober three years when she met Uncle Dave in 2006.
Uncle Dave went to school to become a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and worked at Clearview Treatment Center in Culver City, CA and Tarzana Treatment Center and Detox in Los Angeles, CA. Felicia worked as a real estate attorney for a law firm in downtown LA. One day she had a client who had a bunch of guys living in the house she was losing to foreclosure. Due to the fact that she would not own the house for much longer yet was legally allowed to still collect rent, Felicia sent Uncle Dave to help her. He learned the group home business from this client.
Uncle Dave wants to help as many people as possible as he makes his living amends to society. He knew that with Felicia they could start a group home like this client. In 2010 the opportunity knocked on their door and a 4 unit apartment building with a single family home in front was being offered for lease. The property was located in South Los Angeles next to the projects of LA.
Uncle Dave’s Housing opened its doors in January 2010 with one house. Today the operate 8 different locations with 15 houses and over 200 beds. The beds are 97% full to capacity every night. They have helped over 35,000 people get back on their feet since 2010 by providing affordable housing in Los Angeles. Uncle Dave and Felicia are experienced and dedicated individuals who have witnessed a lot throughout their lives. With a strong desire to educate others, they established SOS Housing as a branch of Uncle Dave's Housing. While it can be challenging at times, especially with the potential for drama in a group home setting, owning a few properties with ample beds can lead to a profitable business venture. If desired, forming a nonprofit can provide a comfortable salary. Remember starting a business is not easy, no matter what business you are in. In the shared housing business, the best part is getting to be of service and helping others with the number one basic need of HOUSING. Every city, community and town needs more affordable housing. Why not jump in now and become part of the solution to the lack of affordable housing and make some money while you help others in your community?
Felicia and Uncle Dave have realized that shared housing is the future of the real estate market. Whether you want to open a shared home for seniors, youth coming out of the foster system, college students, Veterans or whomever, this is how you can help your community. Did we tell you that you can make a nice living from helping individuals and your community?