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Michael Braverman, DHCD Commissioner Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young

Landlord FAQs

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded, locally administered rental assistance program that helps low-income families, the elderly and the disabled afford decent, safe housing in the private market. The participant is free to choose any housing type that meets the requirements of the program. Baltimore Housing receives funds from HUD to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Baltimore City. We disperse over 11,000 housing choice vouchers throughout the City, surrounding counties, and nation.

As a landlord, how will I benefit from renting to a family with a Housing Choice Voucher?

The guaranteed, on time, monthly subsidy payment from the HABC is your biggest benefit. In addition, if the family leaves the apartment in violation of the lease, you may keep the subsidy payment for the month in which the family leaves. You are also protected from financial loss if your tenant suffers unexpected financial hardship. If this occurs, the subsidy payment is increased to compensate for your tenant's lower income. The program can also help prevent your vacant apartments from remaining empty for too long, since we assist a large number of prospective tenants who are qualified for housing subsidy assistance look for housing.

How does the program work for a family?

After having qualified for the program, the family receives a housing voucher. The family then is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit where the owner agrees to rent under the program. (This unit may include the family's present residence.) Baltimore Housing then pays a housing subsidy directly to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. The family is responsible for paying the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

Who can get a Housing Choice Voucher?

The program assists mostly very low-income families in Baltimore. The program takes families from its waiting list, determines the amount of assistance they will receive, and gives them a Voucher. The voucher term is for a maximum of 180 days with an additional 30 days provided as a reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability.