The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Maryland Department of Human Resources have joined forces to provide vouchers to young people, allowing them to pay as little as 30 percent of their gross adjusted monthly income for rent and utilities. To further promote housing opportunity strategies for all, the DHCD has established a working group to advise the County Council on changes in legislation. The DHCD has also launched a Housing Affordability Panel, an online data portal on affordable housing, and a tool that serves as a gateway for county leaders, councilors, legislators, planners, affordable housing providers, advocates, landlords and residents to access key housing metrics and monitor housing indicators. The Prince George County website provides information about emergency shelters, who is eligible for them, and what documentation is needed to apply for assistance.
In addition, the DHCD has implemented a limit on how much landlords can increase existing rent on certain rental units. The housing affordability dashboard provides information and data on the total number of affordable housing properties, apartment types, location, and other indicators. Supplementing national data with surveys, interviews, and other local sources can help deepen understanding of housing in the community. The DHCD's Housing Opportunity for All initiative includes a community assessment summarizing the area's current and projected housing needs and assets, as well as a strategic roadmap outlining actions the county will take over the next 10 years to build capacity and address unmet needs. The Prince George County website also provides help finding apartments for low-income people in Prince George's County, as well as nonprofit organizations that provide assistance for people with housing needs. In Maryland, Prince George's County leaders have highlighted their efforts to preserve housing for hardworking men and women who can't afford the region's sky-high rents.
This includes the county's “preemptive right” which is an important tool in its effort to increase the supply of affordable housing. As part of the implementation steps described in Housing Opportunity for All, the county has developed a set of four performance metrics and objectives, as well as a data portal to track its performance over time. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is committed to providing low-income residents in Prince George's County with access to affordable housing options. Through their various programs and initiatives such as vouchers, Housing Affordability Panel, Housing Opportunity for All initiative, emergency shelters, rent limits on certain rental units, and performance metrics and objectives, DHCD is helping low-income residents find safe and secure housing. The DHCD's online data portal provides key metrics on affordable housing properties such as location, apartment types, total number of affordable units available in the area. This helps county leaders make informed decisions about how best to allocate resources to meet the needs of their constituents.
Additionally, DHCD has partnered with local nonprofits to provide assistance for those with housing needs. Prince George's County is taking proactive steps to ensure that all residents have access to safe and secure housing. Through their various programs and initiatives such as vouchers, Housing Affordability Panel, Housing Opportunity for All initiative, emergency shelters, rent limits on certain rental units, and performance metrics and objectives they are helping low-income residents find safe and secure housing.