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