Baltimore Regional Project-Based Voucher Program
In December 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Howard County Housing Commission (HCHC) a three-year seed grant to launch the Baltimore Regional Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) has now joined with HCHC, other Baltimore-area public housing agencies (PHAs) and the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership to carry out this program.
New Request for Proposals Issued
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) seeks qualified and experienced developers to apply for affordable housing subsidies for either new construction or substantial rehabilitation of an existing property through this Regional Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program.
Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis in the order they are received. The RFP will be open until Friday, September 15, or until all 84 available vouchers have been awarded, whichever comes first. The RFP applies to multifamily developments and scattered site developments.
Written questions about this procurement must be submitted to BMC housing policy coordinator Dan Pontious at email@example.com, and BMC will post answers to all submitted questions on this web page.
About the Program
The Baltimore Regional PBV program combined 100 housing vouchers from participating area housing agencies to create project-based vouchers to encourage affordable housing development in areas of opportunity in the Baltimore region. 84 of those vouchers remain to be awarded in 2017.
The program is modeled on the Regional Housing Initiative, in place in Chicago since 2002. The new Baltimore program will make it easier for qualifying families to choose an affordable place to live virtually anywhere in the region. It will also enable affordable housing developers to apply in one place for subsidies that can be used in five county-level jurisdictions around the region: Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard Counties.
The program will have a strong preference for family housing in high opportunity areas of the region, as defined by the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership. At least two-thirds of vouchers awarded through the Baltimore Regional PBV program will be for this type of home. The remainder must be part of concerted revitalization plans that will also offer substantial opportunity to residents.
Families participating in this program will be eligible for substantial housing mobility counseling from the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, both before and after moving to their new home. That counseling will include assistance with any credit issues, family budgeting, guidance on working with property owners and managers, and rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Local Partner Agencies
- Baltimore County Office of Housing
- Baltimore Metropolitan Council
- Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership
- Harford County Housing and Community Development
- Housing Authority of Baltimore City
- Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
- Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County
- Howard County Housing Commission
Conditional Award of Vouchers – Public Notice
The Baltimore Regional PBV Program has made a conditional award of sixteen (16) project-based vouchers to Dorsey Overlook, LLLP in Ellicott City. For additional information, contact Dan Pontious, Housing Policy Coordinator, at (410) 732-0500 x1055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Vouchers Available for Families at this Time
The Baltimore Regional Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program is not currently accepting applications from families who are seeking affordable housing. We will open a regional waiting list closer to when homes will be available to families.
We will post on this web page at least 30 days advance notice of when we will open the waiting list. If you check this web page every 30 days (about every month), you will see the advance notice and be ready to sign up when the waiting list opens.
For more information, please contact Dan Pontious, Housing Policy Coordinator at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council at (410) 732-0500 x1055 or email@example.com.