NEED HELP PAYING YOUR RENT? These programs could help:
Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8 Voucher Program)*: This rental assistance is provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). You may be eligible for rental assistance which can lower the amount of money you spend on housing. The program is administered through local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that provide rental subsidies to very low-income households. Click here for more information on the Section 8 program.
Rental Allowance Program (RAP) is a state administered program that funds local governments to provide flat rent subsidies to low-income families who either are homeless or have an emergency housing need. The goal of this program is to enable households to move from homelessness or temporary emergency housing into more permanent housing. This program provides a monthly rental allowance payment for up to 12 months. Click here for more information on the Rental Allowance Program.
To find out more about the RAP in your county, click here for the RAP Local Administering Agencies Contact List.
LOCATE RENTAL HOUSING
Maryland Housing Search:
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has a new searchable database for affordable housing. It's free to list and search for properties throughout the state of Maryland. This is a new service, and properties are being added daily. Click here to view the Maryland Housing Search Database.
Inventory of Units for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities:
Provides a list of units in HUD subsidized multifamily properties that serve the elderly and/or persons with disabilities. Click here to view the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Subsidized Apartment Search.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR TENANTS & LANDLORDS
Tenant Introduction Packet: Produced by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI), this packet is an introduction to local, state and federal law governing Tenant-Landlord relations. Rental Applications and Model leases are also available for purchase from BNI. For more information, contact 410-243-6007 or click here to view the Tenant Introduction Packet (PDF).
Welcoming People with Disabilities:
A sensitivity and awareness guide for property managers and landlords by the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities. Click here to view the publication "Welcoming People with Disabilities" (PDF).
You don't have to feel awkward when interacting with, or when you meet, a person who has a disability. This booklet by United Spinal Association Publications provides some basic tips for you to follow. And if you are ever unsure about what to do or say with a person who has a disability, just ask! Click here to view the publication "Disability Etiquette" (PDF).
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