The Maryland Rental Allowance Program provides housing and rent assistance to income and otherwise qualified residents. Grants are issued directly to the various counties and towns in Maryland, and those local government groups then disburse the funds to individuals and families. The program, known as RAP, works as a subsidy and Maryland residents can turn to it in a crisis.
Using the state funds and grants, local county and town governments will be able to provide flat rent subsidies to qualified working poor and low-income families. The aid is for those with an emergency, such as behind on their rent and facing eviction. Additional support is for the currently homeless and they can receive financial aid for paying security deposits. The long term goal of the Rental Allowance Program (RAP) is to enable residents to move from temporary emergency housing or homelessness into more permanent housing. They will also be provided with self-sufficiency services and need to work towards stability on their own.
Clients can be provided several different types of housing. This can include shelters or transitional housing units. Examples will be rooms, apartments, different types of single-room occupancy arrangements, group homes, single-family houses in Maryland, and even mobile homes.
There are conditions and restrictions in place. Among them include qualified residents will need to meet low-income guidelines. Assistance may be provided for families who are homeless, in need of emergency housing, or that are in danger of becoming evicted and homeless. The total household incomes of assisted households cannot exceed 30 percent of the state of Maryland or area median income, whichever is higher.
If a housing unit or apartment is not available, then RAP may pay for hotel or motel rooms without access to kitchen facilities. This will always be as a last resort and may be permitted if not other more cost-effective and suitable homes are available. Also, those clients who are enrolled may also be placed into shared living facilities. The apartment or home may also be furnished or unfurnished.
As indicated, this is a rent subsidy program and your entire expense will not be paid. Local county government administering agencies sign a contract with clients to provide them with a monthly rental allowance payment that may last as long as 12 months. The exact amount of monthly the allowance and any cash payments will also be based on family size and area of the state.
The Handicapped Rental Assistance program helps low income disabled individuals with support towards rental expenses in licensed care facilities.
These rental programs, including the Handicapped component, will assist individuals with rental costs for households who meet eligibility criteria, such as income levels, age, disability or not, need or other requirements.
In addition to cash assistance, the Maryland Rental Allowance Program may also offer mediation and other services. This can include such things as housing and credit counseling, landlord/tenant mediation, individual case management programs, etc. All of this is offered in order to help the family maintain housing stability.
Your local county or town will be coordinating the RAP program with other social services administered by the state of Maryland or county. The housing program is usually administered by the local charity or social services office, the public housing authority, Section 8 agency, or it is contracted by the county to a private nonprofit organization for administration.
To learn more or apply for the Maryland Rental Allowance Program, low-income families may apply directly to the local administering agency for rental subsidies or security deposit assistance. The main offices and contact information is below.
Allegany County, Human Resources Development Commission, 125 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, Maryland 21502, call 301-783-1880
Annapolis City, Anne Arundel Community Action Agency, 251 West St., P. O. Box 1951, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, telephone 410-626-1900
Anne Arundel, Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County, P.O. Box 817, 7477 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, MD 21060, call 410-222-6200
Baltimore City, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Department of Rental and Assisted Housing, 1225 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, phone 443-984-2222
Baltimore County, Department of Planning, Division of Neighborhood Improvement, Jefferson Bldg, 105 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, MD 21204, main phone 410-887-3317
Calvert, Housing Authority of Calvert County, 480 Main Street, P.O. Box 2509, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, 410-535-5010
Caroline, St. Martin's Ministries, 14259 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely, Maryland 21660. Main phone number is 410-634-1140
Carroll, Department of Citizen Services, Bureau of Housing, 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 101, Westminster, MD 21157, dial 410-857-2999
Cecil County, Department of Social Services of Cecil County, 170 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921, 410-996-0242
Charles County, Department of Community Services, 8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco, MD 20677, 301-934-0130
Dorchester, Delmarva Community Services, Community Action Center, 1000 Goodwill Ave., Cambridge, Maryland 21613, telephone 410-901-2991
Frederick, The Religious Coalition, 27 DeGrange Street, Frederick, MD 21701, call 301-631-2670
Garrett County, Community Action Corp., Inc., 104 East Center Street, Oakland, MD 21550, dial 301-334-9431
Harford, Housing Agency, 15 South Main Street, Suite 106, Belair, MD 21014, phone 410-638-3045, Ext. 1826
Howard County Housing, 9140 Guilford Road, Suite A, Columbia, MD 21046, 410-313-6487
Kent County, Department of Social Services, 350 High Street, Post Office Box 670, Chestertown, MD, 21620, phone 410-810-7600
Montgomery County, Housing Opportunities Commission, Resident Services, 10400 Detrick Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895, telephone 240-773-9329
Prince George's, Housing Authority of Prince George’s County, 9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 200, Largo, MD 20774, call 301-883-5501
Queen Anne's, County Housing & Community Development, Post Office Box 327, 107 N. Liberty St., Centreville, MD 21617, call 410-758-3977
Somerset County, Department of Technical & Community Services, 11916 Somerset Avenue, Suite 211, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853, phone 410-651-1424
St. Mary's, Housing Authority of St. Mary's County, 21155 Lexwood Drive, Suite C, Lexington Park, Maryland 20653, main phone 301-866-6590 Ext. 1427
Talbot County, Neighborhood Service Center, 126 Port Street, Easton, MD 21601, call 410-822-5015
Washington, Community Action Council, Inc., 101 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 301-797-4161
Wicomico County, Department of Social Services, 201 Baptist Street, Suite 27, Salisbury, MD 21801, phone 410-713-3913
Worcester Department of Social Services of Worcester County, 299 Commerce Street, P.O. Box 39, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863, call 410-677-6800