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Buyers Access Partners with Shelters to Shutters To Help in the Ongoing Fight Against Situational Homelessness

by Michelle N. on 10/1/2018 3:03:00 PM


DENVER, 10/1/2018) – Buyers Access (BA) announced today a partnership with Shelters to Shutters (S2S), a 501(c)3 organization that works nationwide with multifamily organizations to provide employment and housing opportunities to the homeless. The Shelters to Shutters organization focuses on people who are situationally homeless due to a life-altering event such as job loss, medical or health emergency, divorce, domestic abuse or the loss of a primary income earner, which makes up approximately 83 percent of the homeless population in the U.S.

"Buyers Access is extremely excited and proud to partner with Shelters to Shutters in the ongoing fight against situational homelessness, and we support and applaud the enormous impact Shelters to Shutters is making by providing employment opportunities and sustainable housing. We look forward to helping to give back to those less fortunate, and to helping Shelters to Shutters significantly advance their efforts through introduction to our Member owners and operators” said Dan Haefner, CEO, Buyers Access.

S2S currently partners with more than 20 apartment management companies – including such major industry players as AvalonBay Communities, Equity Residential and Waterton – to place people experiencing homelessness in onsite, entry-level jobs and provide them with housing at the same communities at which they work. S2S works with a number of homeless-focused non-profits to identify suitable job applicants. The result is a win-win solution that changes the lives of individuals and families in the program and provides quality, motivated employees for a rapidly growing industry in need of talent.

S2S relies solely on private companies, foundations and individual donors to support its operations which provide a hand up not a hand out to individuals and families on their path from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency.

“Partnering with a dynamic multifamily company like Buyers Access offers an incredible opportunity to further our private industry initiative to provide multifamily owners and operators with high quality entry level employees from a talent pool that often goes overlooked – those in our country at risk of or experiencing homelessness. We look forward to leveraging their support to raise awareness of our mission and provide a pathway to self-sufficiency to individuals and families in need of a hand up,” said Andy Helmer, CEO, Shelters to Shutters.

Since its founding in 2014, S2S and its multifamily partners have assisted over 100 individuals and families out of homelessness in markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, South and Texas.

About Buyers Access

As the nation's leading Purchasing and Cost Control specialist for the multifamily housing industry, Buyers Access provides real estate owners and operators with full service purchasing solutions to help maximize the value of their real estate assets. Since 1986, Buyers Access has helped thousands of properties and hundreds of companies to reduce operating costs and drive improved cash flow, while leveraging substantial personnel time savings. For more information, visit or call 1.800.445.9169

About Shelters to Shutters
Shelters to Shutters is a national 501(c)(3) organization that transitions individuals and families from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency by educating and engaging the real estate industry to provide employment and housing opportunities. Across the country, Shelters to Shutters pairs leading property management professionals with individuals experiencing homelessness who are ready to work. The result is an innovative program that provides mentorships for careers in property management, along with full-time employment and housing opportunities for individuals facing homelessness and a pipeline of high quality, motivated employees for the multifamily housing industry. More information can be found at or by following the organization on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.