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Prince Georges County rental assistance programs.

Government assistance, churches as well as non-profits in Prince Georges County provide assistance for paying rent or security deposits to struggling tenants. The agencies use a combination of funds from federal programs such as the Emergency Solutions Grant as well as state of Maryland resources, including the Rental Allowance Program, or RAP. Emergency financial aid is combined with case management, section 8 vouchers and other services.

The goal of the non-profits and housing authorities is to prevent homelessness, so any rental assistance may be prioritized to individuals with an eviction notice. There may also be other resources available, including placement into low income apartments or transitional housing as well as money to pay a security deposit on a new home.

All resources in Prince Georges are limited, however the main organizations to contact for help with paying rent are below. Some focus on special situations, such as offer assistance for seniors, the unemployed, or disabled. If a non-profit can't provide funds, then a loan may be used for back rent, or the agency will offer referrals to other charity programs or even churches.

Prince George’s DHCD will normally oversee the Emergency Solutions Grant program. This will help prevent evictions by offering rental help as well as short term shelters. Additional solutions administered are case management and other support services, including including funds for rental or utility connection deposits. Call the social service department at 301-909-6000 for referrals.

Department of Housing and Community Development
Address: 9200 Basil Court
Largo, Maryland, 20774
Telephone number is 301-883-5501
Processes applications for section 8 HUD vouchers, which is a form of rent subsidy. This will help very low income families with housing costs. They also oversee public housing for senior citizens, the disabled, and working poor in the community. Social workers also partner with families looking to buy a home in the county or coordinate home repair programs.

 

 

 

DSS, Office of Housing and Homeless Services
805 Brightseat Road
Landover MD, 20785
Dial 888-731-0999
The government agency used federal and state funds to offer emergency rent help, they operate transitional housing units, and offer support for single moms and children, including the Shepherd's Cove center. For residents that are otherwise stable, ongoing rental assistance may be offered, and the disabled can receive permanent placement into their own low income unit.

St. Vincent de Paul of Prince Georges
410-727-3523
The church group may have occasional funds for partial rent assistance, based on donation levels. Other resources include shelter in cities such as Bowie, programs for single moms, thrift stores, and loans for some lower income families. More on rent assistance Saint Vincent Prince George’s County.

United Communities Against Poverty
1400 Doewood Ln,
Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
Call (301) 322-5700
The community action agency offers help to working poor families. State of Maryland grants may be issued for paying back rent or even heating bills. Case managers can also help clients find low income apartments or housing, coordinate landlord and tenant mediation to stop evictions, and provide information on legal aid.

 

 

 

 

Continuum of Care Homeless Prevention - Agencies offer eviction help and rehousing services. The assistance in Prince George’s includes grants for paying rental expenses, water bills, and heat. Based on funding, there may also be free motel vouchers for single moms as well as seniors, security deposit help, and referrals. This includes emergency legal or rent help. More on Prince George's County eviction assistance.

Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS)
(301) 776-0442
Using funds from RAP, may have emergency assistance for rent, utilities to prevent a shut off, and other housing resources. The non-profit will also need applicants to attend financial literacy classes and take other actions in order to qualify for one time rent help.

Income based housing from Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HUD) can be used to help pay rent and utility bills. The Prince George's County Housing Authority operates it. There is a limited inventory and long wait list. Also get self-sufficiency, home buying programs, long term rent assistance, public housing and more from the office at 9200 Basil Ct, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. Dial (301) 883-5501.

Veteran programs from Housing Authority
(301) 220-4336
Partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Prince Georges families can receive help from VASH, a HUD created program. The supportive housing program offers everything from placement into a new home to funds for a security or utility deposit. An intake process needs to occur.

Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc. (P.O. Box 374, Riverdale, Maryland 20737, phone 240-391-6370) or Legal Aid Bureau (call (301) 560-1200) offer free legal help. They can assist with foreclosures as well as eviction prevention. Or get help in applying for disability, section 8, cash aid, and other housing programs.

Catholic Charities
Main office is at 5525 Marlboro Pike
District Heights, MD
Main number (202) 772-4300
Transitional housing is for homeless women. Many other services are available, including care for seniors, assistance for rent payments, shelter, and referrals to government benefits.

Community Outreach
Location is 4715 Marlboro Pike
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Call (301) 735-0121
Various financial assistance programs (including rent and food) are offered in Prince George’s County. There is also furniture, computer lab, electric bill help, and other short and long term housing programs.

 

 

 

 

Price Georges housing authority
(301) 220-4336
They process applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, or HCVP (also known as section 8). The tenant based voucher system can help pay a portion of rent, and the amount is based on the tenants income.

By Jon McNamara

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