Rental Housing Program Fund - Maryland

Maryland Depratment of Housing and Community Development operates the Rental Housing Program in order to rehabilitate or create rental housing. 

A portion of the federal HOME moneys administered by the State may be allocated along with the Rental Housing Program funds. The program is generally designed to be compatible with tax-exempt or taxable bond financing, low-income housing tax credits, and other private or public funds.


The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development allocates Rental Housing Program Funds through a competitive process. Applications are accepted at designated times during the year and are evaluated against criteria established by the Department. In general, priority is given to projects which:

  • Restrict units to tenants with incomes below 60% of median income 
  • Restrict units to low-income tenants for more than 40 years 
  • Provide tenant service packages 
  • Use non-State funds in addition to State funds 
  • Provide quality housing in a good location 
  • Are sponsored by teams with demonstrated development and management ability 


Newly constructed or rehabilitated rental housing including congregate housing, single-room occupancy, emergency shelters and shared living facilities are eligible for Rental Housing Program Funds. Projects may be restricted to elderly residents. In some cases, small commercial rehabilitation housing projects may be considered. All new construction projects must be located in Priority Funding Areas. Projects that meet the following criteria will be most competitive:

  • Target very low-income persons 
  • Provide housing for families with minor children and/or single adults in Single Room Occupancy units; 
  • Demonstrate project readiness and feasibility; 
  • Project long-term affordability (for capital projects); 
  • Demonstrate need /demand for housing in geographic area and helps achieve equitable geographic distribution of Maryland Affordable Housing Trust funds; 
  • Leverage other funds and/or provide the final piece in a financing package; and 
  • Provide self-sufficiency services.
Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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