Dr. Michael C. Threatt, “The Section 8 Landlord Coach”
Principal & CEO, Elevate Housing Solutions, LLC
Many people can call themselves leaders in their industry, but few can claim the diligence and academic rigor of Dr. Michael C. Threatt. Michael is not only a 15-year veteran of the housing authority industry, but he also holds a doctorate in public administration from West Chester University, with a dissertation on landlords in the Section 8 housing choice voucher program. His undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his master’s in criminal justice administration from the University of South Florida also provide him with deeper insight into healthy, safe, and sustainable affordable housing communities. In short, he is a subject matter expert in real estate investment strategies, particularly in landlord matters for Section 8 housing choice vouchers. His work in the field has earned him the distinction of Executive Director of the Year for the state of Alabama in 2019, as well as the Rural Leader of the Year Award for Alabama, Georgia, and Florida the same year.
Today, Michael is the principal and CEO of Elevate Housing Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Dothan, Alabama. His management firm provides consulting and coaching services to housing authorities, landlords, and investors. The sister company, My Landlord Liaison, is an online training website that offers the course, How to maximize your profit as a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Landlord. This course teaches landlords how to increase their cash flow, the business and legal side, and tips for being a successful landlord. Michael is the host of the Roof Talks Podcast, a podcast for landlords and investors. He’s also the senior vice president and COO at Dothan Housing. In addition, he writes for several online publications, including the PA Times, New Cities, and, most recently, the Business Journals Leadership Trust.
Michael’s deep knowledge, as well as his multifaceted roles as a practitioner and consultant, including being a REALTOR® with Elevate Real Estate Group, LLC brokered by Community 1st Real Estate in Dothan, allows him insight that few others have. Additionally, Michael understands what it’s like from the other side, being a landlord himself. His own experience gives him an extra edge when it comes to educating his clients on how to invest in short sales, foreclosures, distressed, and turnkey properties to maximize returns.
“The best part about my job is teaching landlords how to maximize their profit and cash flow which helps change perceptions and preconceived notions regarding the Section 8 housing choice voucher program through evidence-based education,” he explains. In pursuit of this goal, Michael is looking forward to the release of his new book, The Price of Bureaucracy: Removing Section 8 Landlord Pain Points through the Investment in Technology, which is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2022 and covers the material of his dissertation focused on landlords’ opinions of ways to improve the section 8 housing choice voucher program through technology and removing the bureaucratic red tape.
Michael is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, National Association for Real Estate Brokers, National Association of Residential Property Managers, and National Leased Housing Association. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Michael C. Threatt
Principal & CEO — Elevate Housing Solutions, LLC