BRHP Policy Priorities

The Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership’s public policy agenda is guided by our founding and through the lens of equity and inclusion on behalf of the families we serve and the housing mobility movement. We focus on addressing inequalities and supporting policy efforts that will bring more equitable distributions of resources to our communities. Our policy priorities include but are not limited to the following: 

Building A Stronger Baltimore Region

The Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership has a history of effectively weighing in with federal, state, and local legislators to promote equity in economic development, housing and community development, transportation, health, and education. It is our priority to support long-term, sustainable solutions that reduce longstanding disparities in Baltimore. Below are some causes that we are amplifying and supporting.

Letters to Legislators & Federal Agencies

SB 481 – Renters’ Rights and Stabilization Act of 2024 Testimony

This legislation establishes the Office of Tenant and Landlord Affairs in the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) tasked with ensuring that tenants have access to information about their legal rights and ability to report violations and instances of discrimination, including the publication of an annual Tenant’s Bill of Rights.

SB 483 – Housing and Community Development Financing Act of 2024 Testimony

This legislation establishes a community development entity called the Maryland Community Investment Corporation for the purpose of receiving and investing federal New Market Tax Credits to give Maryland more mission and policy control over federal funding opportunities to channel federal funds to invest and develop Maryland low-income communities.

SB 484 – Housing Expansion and Affordability Act of 2024 Testimony 

This legislation will increase the number of affordable homes in the state by requiring local jurisdictions to allow (1) new manufactured homes and modular dwellings in zones that allow single-family residential uses and (2) increased densities and uses in zoning areas for projects with designated affordable housing, with a particular focus on housing developed by nonprofits and near transit stations.

HB 477 – 2024 Just Cause Evictions Testimony 

The 2024 Just Cause Evictions legislation would have given authority to Maryland counties and Baltimore City to determine the appropriate circumstances in which a lease can be non-renewed by implementing local just cause eviction ordinances, which require a landlord to provide a justifiable reason when deciding not to renew a lease and provide this cause in their non-renewal notice to the tenant.

HB 783 – Homeowners’ Assocation Prohibition Against Restricting Long-term Rentals Testimony

This legislation would have prohibited homeowners’ associations from banning long term rentals (defined as 6 months or longer), thereby unlocking additional housing stock that could otherwise be artificially suppressed and serving to promote the total number of units available to Maryland residents.

HB 1007 – Fair Share for Maryland Act of 2024 Testimony

This legislation sought to right-size our upside-down tax system and ensure wealthy businesses and individuals pay their fair share for the public services we all benefit from while lowering taxes for more than 1.3 million Marylanders through expansion of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit.

2023 MGA Legislative Letter

In order to sustain our organization’s significant impact, we must advocate for legislation that will contribute to mitigating the historical symptoms of racial and economic inequalities that deprive our families of access to safe and affordable housing, full-service grocery stores, top-tier schools, employment opportunities, and much more that contribute to the ever-widening equity gap. Here are our policy priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session

FY23 DHCD Capital Budget Testimony

BRHP calls on legislators to support the Department of Housing and Community Capital Budget and take swift and bold action to achieve robust and equitable investments to address Maryland’s affordable housing shortage and homelessness crisis

SB 181- DHCD Budget Testimony 

BRHP urged legislators to add $175 million to DHCD’s operating budget to assist an estimated 20,000 Maryland families in avoiding eviction through ERAP.

SB315 Testimony – Housing Innovation Act 

We support SB 315 because this legislation will build upon the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County’s innovative techniques and financial models to create and preserve affordable housing across Maryland.

HB341- Transportation Equity Testimony

We support HB 341 because it will help to ensure that transportation policies and projects are inclusive and equitable by requiring an equity analysis for each transportation project and how it may impact marginalized communities.

HB460- DHCD Equity Analysis Testimony

We support HB 460 because we have seen year-over-year that precious financial resources administered by the Department be allocated in a manner disproportionate to the need across the state.

SB 848- Statewide Vouchers Testimony

We support Senate Bill 848 because establishing a state-funded housing choice voucher program will help more low-income families access rental assistance and lift thousands of families out of poverty.

HB 151- Rent Increases Testimony

We support HB 151 because with uncontrolled rent increases, a household’s employment, schooling, access to healthcare, and familial/community connections become disrupted.

HB150-Adaptive Reuse Testimony

We support HB 150 because adaptive reuse is another mechanism to add to our state’s tool chest for building affordable housing quickly and cheaply.

Proposed Changes to the Methodology Used for Calculating Fair Market Rents

As a voucher administrator operating in a market that has seen steady and significant growth of rents over the years, we applaud HUD for these proposed changes to the FMR calculation methodology. BRHP supports both of the changes outlined in the notice, the redefinition of “recent mover” and the inclusion of private sector rent data to update rent estimates.


Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)  revised

Our organization is the outcome of holding agencies accountable to their obligation to further fair housing and underscores the necessity of equipping our nation with an effective AFFH rule to defend communities against housing injustices.


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