Maryland Department of Disabilities Partners with Housing Opportunities Commission to create 30 Affordable Housing Units for People with Disabilities

BALTIMORE, MD —December 3, 2018 —Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) announces a new partnership with Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC).
There is tremendous need for affordable and accessible rental units for people with disabilities in Montgomery County. Community Choice Homes (CCH) is a collaboration between MDOD and HOC that builds on and expands their recent successful partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for the “ MFP Bridge Subsidy Program , ” in which MDH provided rental subsidies. Under CCH, HOC agrees to provide affordable rents without a guarantee of rental subsidies.

“The Hogan-Rutherford Administration is committed to expanding affordable housing for people with disabilities, and these units will provide much needed housing in Montgomery County,” said Secretary Carol Beatty, Department of Disabilities. “Our hope is that this kind of partnership can be replicated in other jurisdictions as well.”

The MOU was signed in October and the first five units are expected to be available in spring 2019. HOC will provide 30 units. People referred by MDOD for occupancy will pay no more than 30% of their income for rent plus utilities for a 15-year term. Specific eligibility requirements are available on the MDOD website.

First referrals will be from the MDOD’s Weinberg Apartment waitlist registry, which has a minimum income limit of 10% Area Median Income. MDOD may make referrals from Section 811 or MFP Bridge Subsidy waitlists of individuals who are not on the Weinberg Apartment waitlist. Participation in long term supportive services is encouraged, but not a requirement of tenancy.

The Department of Disabilities works to Change Maryland for the better by promoting equality of opportunity, access, and choice for Marylanders with disabilities. We are committed to the promise of a Maryland in which all people with disabilities have the knowledge and influence to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Learn more by visiting our website and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


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About the Maryland Department of Disabilities: The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) is charged with coordinating and improving the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities in the state of Maryland. By working collaboratively with all State government agencies, MDOD provides advocacy and guidance to ensure that State entities deliver services in the most integrated settings possible, develop consistent policies affecting those with disabilities, and consider the diverse needs of all when making decisions which impact Marylanders.