BRHP is not accepting applications. Our wait list is closed until further notice.
Thank you for your interest in the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program! The Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership administers this nationally recognized program, which provides housing vouchers that can be used in high opportunity communities throughout the Baltimore region. Program participants complete our pre-move counseling program before applying for a voucher. There are a few steps that anyone interested in our program can take that will help them prepare for a move.
How Can I Get Ready for the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program?
- Check your credit report. You can get a free credit report from each of the major credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion—once a year at www.annualcreditreport.com. That means you can get a total of three reports for free each year. Try to pull one every four months. Review the reports to see if you have major debts that might make it hard for you to lease a home. If you have state or federal tax judgments, find out how you can get into a payment plan.
- Pay your bills on time and work on your credit. Check your credit score online (for example, at creditkarma.com or Quizzle.com). Paying your bills on time is the best way to build your credit. Make regular payments on your accounts—credit cards, gas, electric, water, car loans, or any other balances—even if you can only pay a small amount. Apply for a secured credit card if you don’t have much credit history. Try to keep your credit balance under 30 percent of your credit limit for each of your credit cards. For example, if your credit limit is $1,000, try not to have more than $300 on the credit card. If you go above 30 percent, your credit score can go down.
- Pay your rent. The Baltimore Housing Mobility Program is funded by the federal agency the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD will not allow the program to issue vouchers to people who have outstanding debts with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City or any other housing authority.
- Make a budget (and stick to it). Write down how much money you bring into your household and how much you spend each week or month. If your spending is more than your income, find out what spending is needed and what is not. An easy way to lower costs is to cut down on how often you eat out. Shopping at grocery stores takes a little more time, but it will save you a lot.
Apply for all the benefits you qualify for. If you are eligible for food stamps, SSI, SSDI, or other benefits, apply for them. This additional income can help improve your financial stability.
Save each month. Get into the habit of saving. Open a savings or checking account if you don’t have one. Save a little each month, even just $5 or $10. Small savings will add up over time and will give you the ability to pay a security deposit or provide a cushion for an emergency.
Think about where you would like to live. New voucher holders in our Program must live in an Opportunity Area for two years. These are areas with good schools, jobs, and low crime throughout the Baltimore region in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties, as well as in Baltimore City.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the application process take after my eligibility is determined? Do I need to follow up?
Am I eligible for the program if I was evicted from an assisted unit or still owe another public housing agency money?
A: Eligible individuals include the following:
- Current residents of a Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) family public housing development.
- Former residents of a HABC family public housing development between January 31, 1995, and present.
- Residents displaced or relocated from a HABC family public housing development that was demolished.
- Current active applicants on the waiting list for HABC family public housing or for the HABC Housing Choice Voucher Program.
- Current residents of certain areas of Baltimore City.
Guidelines for participation in the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program are determined by the Thompson v. HUD Settlement Agreement.
Q: What happens after I submit my application?
A: You will receive a letter after the Program processes your application to notify you if you are eligible or not for placement on the wait list. Due to the Wait List closing on March 31, 2017, it may take 120 to 180 days to get your letter.
A: If your contact information changes, you must fill out a Change of Address Form. Mail or bring the form to the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, 20 S. Charles Street, Suite 801, Baltimore, MD, 21201. You can also get the form at the front desk. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. We cannot change your address over the phone.
After two tries to reach an applicant at the last known address, the Program will remove the applicant from the wait list. You will not be able to reapply unless the wait list reopens.
Q: How long does the application process take after my eligibility is determined? Do I need to follow up?
A: If selected from the wait list, you will next get a letter to start the Counseling Program. The time to get this letter varies. Applicants must come to all counseling workshops and meet all other program requirements to get a Housing Choice Voucher.
Q: Am I eligible for the program if I was evicted from an assisted unit or still owe another public housing agency money?
A: The Baltimore Housing Mobility Program determines eligibility for the program through Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) data and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) systems. If you have been evicted from an assisted unit, you cannot participate in the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program until five years have passed from the date of the last documented eviction. All debts to public housing agencies will have to be paid before we can issue a voucher.
A: It is really important to keep your contact information up to date. Use our Change of Address Form to report your new information. Fill out a Wait List Change of Information Packet to report other changes like:
- Your Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) family public housing status changes
- You are now on the wait list for HABC family public housing or a Housing Choice Voucher wait list
- You want to remove someone from your application
- You want to add someone to your application including the birth of a child
See the Wait List Change of Information Packet for more information.