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.
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
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Public Notice – Award of Project-Based Vouchers
The Baltimore Regional Project-Based Voucher Program has made the following awards of project-based vouchers (PBVs):
- Fifteen (15) to Volleyball House Apartments, LLLP for Riverwatch II in Elkridge
- Six (6) to Towne Courts LLC in Annapolis
No Request for Proposals Open at this Time
The Baltimore Regional PBV Program’s 2017 RFP closed on September 15, but you can review the RFP and related documents for additional information about the program. We anticipate issuing a revised RFP in 2018.
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.