Maryland

  • 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.

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    193,672
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    27%
    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $30,390
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -127,861
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $58,366
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    73%
    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
    https://www.mdahc.org/
    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]

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  • 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.

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    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Trudy McFall

    Board Member

    Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition

    410-269-1222

    [email protected]


    Kathleen Koch

    Board Secretary

    Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition

    410-222-7600

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Matthew Heckles

    Assistant Secretary

    Department of Housing and Community Development

    301-429-7796

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Elaine Cornick

    Director of Multifamily Housing

    301-429-7777

    [email protected]


    Gregory Hare

    Deputy Director, Multifamily – Rental Services 

    301-429-7775

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development


    NHTF-specific pages

    National Housing Trust Fund

    Resources for Housing Development

  • Resources
    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

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  • 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). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    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.

    Maryland officials on October 8 announced $11.7 million to provide legal services to families in need. The funds will be directed to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC), which provides grants to nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services for low-income residents.

    Updated on October 19, 2020


    Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott introduced on October 5 Council Bill 20-0625, which would ensure tenants have the right to an attorney in eviction cases. As Baltimore braces for a wave of evictions due to COVID-19, the Public Justice Center and other advocates are urging lawmakers to establish the right to counsel for tenants in eviction cases.

    The second phase of Baltimore County’s eviction prevention program will provide up to $2 million in rental assistance for residents who have lost income as a result of the pandemic. The county began accepting applications on October 6.

    Updated on October 14, 2020


    The Baltimore Sun reports that a temporary moratorium in Maryland on water, gas, and electric service cut-offs remains until November 15, but notices can be sent starting October 1. Residents will have 45 days to address unpaid bills once they receive a termination notice, and they will not have their service disconnected if they work out a payment plan or apply for energy assistance.

    Updated on October 5, 2020


    The Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore County officials estimate there could be as many as 24,000 eviction filings in a single month once courts get up to speed processing claims. County officials are setting aside federal funds for rental assistance and considering legislation limiting how much landlords can increase rent during the pandemic. Baltimore County’s Eviction Prevention Program, which has provided $1.2 million to 485 households so far, is providing funding in a “phased approach.”

    Updated on September 29, 2020


    Maryland Assistant Attorney General Karen Straughn referred to the CDC moratorium as “very limited,” warning tenants that they are not automatically protected by the order. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said the order is simply “kicking the can down the road” since tenants will still owe back rent and called on the Senate to pass the $100 billion in rental assistance included in the HEROES Act.

    An op-ed in the Baltimore Sun discusses why the CDC eviction moratorium is not enough to prevent evictions in Maryland. The authors examine why Maryland Judiciary’s guidance on the federal ban will limit its effectiveness and outline policy solutions to address the looming crisis. 

    Updated on September 22, 2020


    Attorney Matt Hill at the Public Justice Center in Baltimore says that renters must be aware of the terms of the CDC’s eviction moratorium because savvy landlords could dispute small details. “It’s going to help millions of tenants, and it’s incredibly important,” said Hill. “But it does require tenants to be vigilant, and to take action.” While the moratorium is a critical step to protect tenants, Hill is urging lawmakers to pair the moratorium with rental assistance. Tenants who need assistance in qualifying can contact the Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland: https://www.fairhousingmd.org/.  

    Maryland Matters reports that as eviction hearings resume, undocumented immigrants face the highest risk of losing their homes. Prince George’s County typically schedules 150,000 landlord-tenant cases each year, and the executive director of Community Legal Services, a non-profit that helps low-income residents with legal aid, predicts that the demand for assistance this year will outweigh the organization’s capabilities. 

    CNBC reports that some states, including Maryland, are adopting a narrower interpretation of the CDC moratorium. Although the CDC ban does not require renters to provide additional documentation to prove they qualify for the protection aside from the declaration form, Maryland courts may require evidence. The CDC prohibits any step toward eviction, but some steps of the process, including hearings and even decisions, will still be allowed to proceed in Maryland. 

    Updated on September 15, 2020


    Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young on September 3 announced a $30 million eviction prevention program that will begin in late September. The program builds on the city’s Temporary Rent Support Program to give more extended support. The funds will include $17.06 million in Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds, $10 million from the city’s general CARES Act allocation, and $27.5 million in city funds through the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. 

    The Maryland Public Service Commission voted August 31 to extend the state’s moratorium on utility service shutoffs for an extra month through October 1. 

    Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones on August 31 urged Governor Larry Hogan to increase funding to help tenants at risk of eviction. Maryland courts were set to resume nonpayment of rent eviction cases this week.

    Updated on September 10, 2020.


    The Baltimore Sun editorial board writes that temporary rent control measures enacted by local governments in Maryland are a reasonable protection given the pandemic. The article references a lawsuit filed by a group of nearly two dozen landlords who objected to rent control measures in Baltimore, Howard County, and in the city of Salisbury.

    The D.C. Tenants’ Union, Stomp Out Slumlords, and the local Democratic Socialists of America chapter organized a demonstration outside of a home in Chillum to protest an illegal eviction.

    Updated on August 11, 2020.


    ABC7 News interviewed NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel about the looming eviction crisis and the steps Congress must take to prevent this catastrophe. Nearly 300,000 Maryland households cannot pay rent right now and are at risk of eviction. Fair housing advocates and lawmakers have urged Governor Larry Hogan to extend the state’s eviction moratorium.

    The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee’s workgroup on COVID-19 and housing released a report with their findings and recommendations to prevent evictions. The recommendations include extending the moratoriums on evictions and utility shutoffs, providing robust funding for rental assistance, and supporting the right to legal counsel in eviction cases.

    According to recent estimates from Stout, approximately 292,000 Maryland households are unable to pay rent and at risk of eviction. This could translate into about 192,000 eviction filings into Maryland courts over the next four months.

    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh asked the state’s chief judges to extend the statewide eviction moratorium, which expired on July 25, until January 31. “Many Marylanders were struggling to pay housing and other expenses before the COVID-19 crisis, and the pandemic has exacerbated these difficulties exponentially,” wrote Attorney General Frosh. 

    The Montgomery County Council approved on July 28, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s proposal to provide an additional $20 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds for rental assistance.

    Updated on August 4, 2020.


    Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on July 21 recommended that the County Council appropriate $20 million from the CARES Act to expand rental assistance for eviction and homelessness prevention. “With the Courts lifting the stay on evictions after July 25 and the schedule to hear nonpayment of rent cases after August 31, I believe it is imperative that we support tenants using all our resources. I recognize that $20 million is not the full amount we will need, but it represents a significant initial allotment to meet immediate challenges,” said County Executive Elrich.

    Governor Larry Hogan on July 20 announced that eight counties will receive more than $2.3 million in the first round of Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants.

    Updated on July 28, 2020.


    WYPR examined why mass evictions may be Maryland’s next public health crisis. Advocates are urging Governor Hogan to extend the state’s eviction moratorium or direct more of its federal coronavirus relief dollars to rent relief.

    The Hagerstown City Council on July 14 approved the distribution of more than $470,000 in federal coronavirus relief funding to provide housing, utilities, and food assistance to low- and moderate-income residents.

    Approximately 20 cars staged a drive-by protest at the house of Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on July 12 to demand that he cancel rent, reallocate police spending, and take other actions to help residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Updated on July 20, 2020.


    Maryland housing advocates and elected officials have criticized the amount that Governor Larry Hogan announced in eviction prevention assistance, saying that $30 million is insufficient to meet the need. A recent survey by the Maryland Multi-Housing Association found that more than a third of tenants living in Class C properties were delinquent in their rent payments in June. The Maryland Multi-Housing Association posted a factsheet on “COVID-19 Housing-Related Assistance for Residents” on July 7.

    In a June 29 briefing before the Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee on the pandemic’s impact on housing, the Public Justice Center recommended that Maryland commit $154 million of Coronavirus Relief Funds, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV) to rental assistance. The $154 million would cover 50% of the projected need for rental assistance over four months.

    Residents and tenant advocates in Maryland are bracing for a potential surge in evictions when eviction court proceedings resume and federal coronavirus relief ends at the end of July. Governor Larry Hogan announced a $30 million eviction prevention program on June 26, but tenants’ rights groups and housing experts estimate that more than five times that amount is needed to keep Marylanders stably housed.

    At a gathering outside of Baltimore City Hall, approximately 50 advocates, renters, and people experiencing homelessness called on Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young to provide more rental assistance and permanent housing. The group demanded that Baltimore City extend and expand its eviction moratorium and provide permanent housing for all people experiencing homelessness who are in shelters or temporarily residing in hotels. 

    Updated on July 13, 2020.


    Residents and tenant advocates in Maryland are bracing for a potential surge in evictions when eviction court proceedings resume and federal coronavirus relief ends at the end of July. Governor Larry Hogan announced a $30 million eviction prevention program on June 26, but tenants’ rights groups and housing experts estimate that more than five times that amount is needed to keep Marylanders stably housed.

    Updated on July 7, 2020.


    The Fair Action Housing Center of Maryland has seen a 400% increase in clients compared to last year, and advocates warn that high unemployment rates will almost certainly lead to a significant increase in eviction filings.

    Governor Larry Hogan announced the commitment of $30 million in federal CARES Act funding for eviction prevention. Maryland will allocate $20 million in expected federal Community Development Block Grant funding for rent relief. The additional $10 million will fund the Assisted Housing Relief Program, which will provide rent relief for units in multi-family projects financed by the DHCD’s Community Development Administration.

    The first in a three-part series in Maryland Matters on life in Langley Park examines how the pandemic is exacerbating the area’s pre-existing housing crisis, and vice versa. Langley Park’s 19,517 residents live primarily in 13 apartment complexes that have long been considered overcrowded, substandard, and neglected.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.


    The Johns Hopkins Go Team, a unit of clinicians that was formed years ago to respond to natural disasters, has conducted nearly 700 COVID-19 tests at Health Care for the Homeless and four other shelters in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins has provided funding for groups and businesses to acquire personal protective equipment. The institution is also collaborating with the local chapter of the NAACP on public health messaging to spread accurate information about the coronavirus.


    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.

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    Baltimore County started accepting applications for its COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program on June 9. The county has partnered with the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s Fair Housing Action Center to provide residents with additional rental needs, including financial coaching and counseling, referrals to legal services, and renters’ tax credit applications and assistance.

    Baltimore City’s outgoing mayoral administration outlined a plan on June 9 to serve people experiencing homelessness and address the added challenges brought on by COVID-19. 

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    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.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    The Courts had stayed all eviction proceedings (except in cases of emergency) until July 25, but new and continuing eviction cases for nonpayment of rent aren't set to be scheduled until August 31. The governor's executive order provides tenants a defense they can use in court, the validity of which is determined by the judge based on the evidence produced of COVID-19 hardship. 

    Updated: August 1


    Approximately 356,000 Maryland households are predicted to be at risk of eviction by the end of September. In the third week of July, 26% of adults in Maryland reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, over a quarter of a million renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    Montgomery CountyMontgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is concerned about ‘massive displacements’ as a result of the growing evictions crisis, which he says won’t be resolved by the current $20 million local aid package. July 23

    Updated: July 29 


    An estimated 20% of Maryland residents are behind on their rentAccording to a weekly survey by the Census, 29% of adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

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    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    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. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb