In December 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Howard County Housing Commission a seed grant to join with five other public housing agencies, the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) to launch the Baltimore Regional Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program. The partner agencies have released requests for proposals (RFPs) through BMC every year from 2016 through 2019 and have now taken the first steps to sustain the program beyond the HUD seed grant.
About the Program
Partner agencies have now committed a total of 150 housing vouchers to the Baltimore Regional PBV Program, adding 50 vouchers in 2020 to the original pool of 100 from 2016. Those vouchers will be project-based to encourage affordable housing development in areas of opportunity in the Baltimore region. So far the program has awarded 64 vouchers. (See below for more detail.) The program is modeled on a similar program in place in Chicago since 2002. Through periodic RFPs, affordable housing developers and owners of existing properties are able to apply in one place for subsidies that can be used in our six participating jurisdictions: the Cities of Baltimore and Annapolis as well as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard Counties. Once developments that have received project-based vouchers have been built and are ready to be lived in, qualifying families will have new opportunities to live around the Baltimore metropolitan area.
The program has 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. Any vouchers awarded outside these areas 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, and guidance on working with property owners and managers, and rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
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Referrals to Homes Will Come from Existing Housing Authority Waiting Lists
When homes attached to the project-based vouchers awarded by this program are ready to live in, our program will make referrals from the housing choice voucher waiting lists of the partner public housing authorities listed above. Most of those waiting lists are closed, with only the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County and Harford County accepting applications. (You do not need to live in a jurisdiction currently to apply for a voucher there.) If you are currently on one or more of our partner housing authorities’ housing choice voucher waiting lists, you are already in line to participate in our Regional Project-Based Voucher Program.
If you are not already on a waiting list, or need assistance sooner, we suggest that you contact the United Way of Central Maryland by calling 211 or going to this web site. You can also go to www.MdHousingSearch.org, an online database sponsored by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development that has a focus on affordable rental homes. Finally, if you are homeless, the Health Care Access Maryland Rapid Rehousing program may be able to help you, although the process will likely take 2-6 months. You can contact them at (410) 649-0529.
Public Notice - Award of Project-Based Vouchers
The Baltimore Regional Project-Based Voucher Program has made the awards of project-based vouchers (PBVs) to the following proposed developments:
The Howard County Housing Commission has been recused from each round of awards because they have been part of a proposal each time.
April 2019 Awards:
- Twenty (20) to the Howard County Housing Commission for Artist Flats at New Cultural Center.
May 2018 Awards:
- Five (5) to Homes for America for Homes for Fountain Green in Bel Air
- Two (2) to Homes for America for Red Maple Place in Towson
- Eight (8) to Woda Cooper Development, Inc. for Robinson Overlook in Columbia
- Eight (8) to Woda Cooper Development, Inc. for Brock Bridge Landing in Jessup
November 2017 Awards:
- Fifteen (15) to Volleyball House Apartments, LLLP for Riverwatch II in Elkridge
- Six (6) to Towne Courts LLC in Annapolis
Request For Proposals
Baltimore Regional Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) seeks qualified and experienced developers to apply for affordable housing subsidies for new construction, substantial rehabilitation, or existing housing through the Baltimore Regional Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program.
RFP is posted at right. For an editable version of Appendix C, you can click here.