Is the property I am interested in eligible for the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program?
All styles of decent and safe housing located in opportunity areas are eligible. Opportunity areas are communities with high-quality housing, good schools, low crime, low poverty, and jobs. Properties can be apartments or single-family homes, provided the rent is reasonable for the type, size, condition, and location. Units must be in an approved census tract in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, or Howard County.
How to determine if a property is in an Opportunity census tract
BRHP has a tool to check whether a home is in an Opportunity Area and what range of rents are allowable in that area. Before submitting a Request for Tenancy Approval, you should check the address and rent using the BRHP Opportunity Area Search Tool.
If you are not able to find information about an address using the search tool, you can use the following method to see if an address is in an Opportunity Area:
- Go to the FFIEC Geocoding Website.
- Enter the property's address in the "Address" field at the top of the page and hit "Search"
- Look for the Census Tract number in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
It will be where it says "Tract Code" and will be a 6 digit number with two decimal places.
4. Look for that Census Tract on this list of Opportunity Census Tracts. If your property is located in one of the allowable tracts, then it would be eligible to rent.
5. Prior to approval of a unit, we must determine if the rent is reasonable compared to other unassisted units in the same area. The Baltimore Housing Mobility Program is required to certify to HUD that the rent that has been approved is reasonable and will not have the effect of inflating rents in the community.