• State Data Overview

    Across Maryland, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

    Renter households that are extremely low income
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Tori Bourret

    Tori Bourret

    202.662.1530 x244 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition c/o L&H Business Consulting
    1212 York Road, Suite C 300
    Lutherville, MD  21093
    P (443) 758-6270
    Miranda Darden-Willems, Executive Director
    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

    Become a Member
  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Tori Bourret with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Trudy McFall

    Board Member

    Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition


    [email protected]

    Kathleen Koch

    Board Secretary

    Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition


    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Matthew Heckles

    Assistant Secretary

    Department of Housing and Community Development


    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Elaine Cornick

    Director of Multifamily Housing


    [email protected]

    Gregory Hare

    Deputy Director, Multifamily – Rental Services 


    [email protected]

    State Entity Webpage

    Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

    NHTF-specific pages

    National Housing Trust Fund

    Resources for Housing Development

  • Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Maryland (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Maryland (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Maryland and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Maryland and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.

    BaltimoreMayor Jack Young announced his plan to commit $13 million of Community Development Block Grant-CV funds for the establishment of a temporary rental assistance program.
    Harford CountyHarford County announced the creation of a program that will help cover up to three months’ worth of rental expenses for people whose income is at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income due to COVID-19. For a family of four, that would be an income of $78,500 or below.
    Howard CountyHoward County has allocated of $800,000 in county funding for rental assistance and eviction relief. Of the total amount, $300,000 will come from the Disaster Relief and Recovery Initiative in the proposed operating budget, also requiring County Council approval. The other $500,000 will come from Moderate Income Housing Unit fee-in-lieu revenue sources.
    Montgomery CountyThe City Council approved a special appropriation of $2 to support to end and prevent homelessness. Emergency eviction prevention and housing stabilization programs are also included. Funds are expected to be allocated to provide a short-term rental subsidy program to low- and moderate-income households in response to the current coronavirus pandemic.

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:

    No information at this time.

    Baltimore May Bernard C. “Jack” Young will use $13 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to establish a rental assistance program. Housing Commissioner Michael Braverman stated this the agency is still determining how the money will be distributed.

    The Baltimore City Council approved legislation on May 11 that would prohibit landlords from increasing rent during the current state of emergency and for three months after it’s lifted. The “Baltimore City COVID-19 Renter Relief Act” would also ban landlords from charging late fees during that period.

    Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the allocation of $800,000 in county funding for emergency rental assistance and eviction relief. Of the total amount, $300,000 will come from the Disaster Relief and Recovery Initiative in the proposed operating budget, and the other $500,000 will come from Moderate Income Housing Unit fee-in-lieu revenue sources. The rental relief program is extended to families earning up to $92,000, the county’s median income. 

    Fifty Democratic Senators sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan urging him to cancel rent and mortgage payments in Maryland for residents and businesses impacted by the pandemic.


    Baltimore housing activists called on the city to provide tenants facing eviction with free legal aid. A study from the Abell Foundation found that providing free right to counsel could save tens of millions of dollars spent when tenants are left homeless or otherwise needing government assistance.

    Residents of Project PLASE, a shelter facility in Baltimore, held a demonstration to denounce the shelter’s response after staff contracted the coronavirus last month. Residents and their allies accused the facility’s director of failing to institute necessary precautions and demanded blanket testing for all residents. Read the director’s full response here.

    Baltimore officials have plans to move approximately 150 more people experiencing homelessness into hotels after learning of a second outbreak at a city shelter. Housing providers and advocates argue that officials need to fill vacant permanent housing units to protect people experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Kevin Lindamood, CEO of Health Care for the Homeless, and Dr. Adrienne Trustman, Chief Medical Officer, argue that our emerging understanding of the asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 in homeless shelters demands an immediate response from state and federal officials.

    Advocates disrupted Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s COVID-19 media briefing to demand that the city take urgent action to protect people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Young’s deputy chief of staff, Cheryl Goldstein, reported that Baltimore city has moved about 200 healthy individuals experiencing homelessness over the age of 62 into hotels. Another 100 people experiencing homelessness who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting results are isolated in a separate hotel.

    Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young released an emergency response plan to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus’ effect on individuals experiencing homelessness.

    A group of homeless advocacy organizations and Baltimore City Council members are stepping up pressure on Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young to greatly expand the city’s efforts rehouse individuals experiencing homelessness.

    No information at this time.

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency?

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief.