April Brings Great Housing News
April marked the 47th annual recognition of Fair Housing Month which was initially celebrated in 1969. Additionally, the last week of April is recognized as affordable housing week. Currently, both of these awareness campaigns are intended to increase public knowledge of local housing issues including the need for increased affordable and accessible housing for individuals with low to moderate incomes. People with disabilities often encounter even fewer resources due to the scarcity of housing options for those with specialized access needs. With the increased focus on housing issues during the month, it seemed fitting for the Maryland Department of Disabilities to make several key announcements improving affordable and accessible housing in Maryland.
The Maryland Department of Disabilities, as part of the Maryland Partnership for Affordable Housing (MPAH), was pleased to announce the grand opening of the first 811 Project Rental Assistance units in Harford County on April 29th. Local elected officials, members of the partnership, and tenants in the new units gathered at Riverwoods Tollgate to mark the occasion with a reception and ribbon cutting.
Additionally, the Maryland Department of Disabilities was proud to announce a new $2 million grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation aimed at increasing the volume of deeply affordable units for people with disabilities with low income. Read more about the grant at the below link.