The Department of Housing and Urban Development administers federal housing assistance programs in Maryland, including programs that provide subsidized rental apartments and housing choice vouchers. The state of Maryland offers the Rental Allowance Program for residents in every county and the cities of Annapolis and Baltimore through the Department of Housing & Community Development.
One HUD option includes rental apartments at reduced rates for low-income individuals and families. Residents of Maryland need to visit the management office of the appropriate complex to apply for assistance. Users can search for apartments by city, county, zip code, name of the property or size of the property on the HUD website. Citizens apply for Housing Choice Vouchers through a local Public Housing Agency office. There are 32 PHA offices throughout the state. Some PHA offices also help with rental apartments.
Maryland's RAP funding gives grants to local governments to provide rental assistance to homeless families or families with an emergency housing need. This program aims to provide temporary assistance to people transitioning to permanent housing. Assistance cannot exceed 30 percent of the statewide or local median income. Residents apply for RAP assistance through a local agency with the funding. Types of housing available through RAP include boarding houses, group homes, apartments, single-family houses, mobile homes and transitional homes. Hotels without kitchen facilities are possible, but only if all other housing options are exhausted.