OUR GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP)

 Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP) combines federal housing vouchers with mobility counseling to assist families from Baltimore City who are interested in moving to communities of opportunity throughout Central Maryland make a successful move. BRHP assists qualified families to move from areas of concentrated poverty and obtain high quality and affordable housing in communities with strong schools, low crime, and ample job opportunities and to overcome barriers that have traditionally excluded voucher families from these neighborhoods. 

BRHP’s housing vouchers can be used regionally - in high opportunity areas in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties, in addition to Baltimore City. Unlike regular voucher programs, we also provide extensive counseling to our participants, most of whom are residents of low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore when they enter the program. The program primarily serves families with children under eight years old, which maximizes the educational benefits that opportunity areas provide.

During the pre-move period, participants attend counseling workshops and one-on-one sessions to help resolve credit and other financial issues necessary to become lease-ready for the private market in a higher-opportunity area. We continue to provide support to ease the transition to new communities, help resolve conflicts with landlords, and build on the financial lessons learned during pre-move counseling. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, BRHP was created as a result of the landmark civil rights case Thompson v. HUD, originally filed by the ACLU of Maryland in 1995 on behalf of African American families residing in public housing in Baltimore City. A partial consent decree in 2002 led to the mobility program’s creation, and a final settlement in 2012, negotiated by lawyers from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU, as well as private attorneys, provided additional vouchers and assured funding from HUD through 2027. BRHP currently provides vouchers to nearly 4,000 families. BRHP is governed by a diverse Board of Directors made up of leaders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, together with program participants.

Housing Choice Voucher Program

 

The Housing Choice Voucher program, formerly known as Section 8, helps families pay their rent. The need for rent subsidies is great, and our supply is limited. Families are placed on the waiting list based on the date and time of application.

Families with the earliest date and time of application are served first. When families are selected from the waiting list and determined eligible, they receive a Housing Choice Voucher Program rental subsidy.

Participating families may use the assistance in their current homes or move to other rental housing that meets their needs and program requirements. A house or an apartment must meet Housing Quality Standards, and the rent must be reasonable compared to other rents in the neighborhood before rental assistance is approved.

Families and individuals whose incomes are below set income limits are eligible for the program. All participants must provide required information on social security numbers, citizenship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

This collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing. As of Sept. 30, 2015, HUD had allocated more than 78,000 vouchers to help house Veterans across the country.

How It Works

Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance vouchers for privately owned housing to Veterans who are eligible for VA health care services and are experiencing homelessness. VA case managers may connect these Veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and with maintaining housing in the community. Among VA homeless continuum of care programs, HUD-VASH enrolls the largest number and largest percentage of Veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness.

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