Affordable Housing

 If you are a resident interested in accessing affordable or public housing in Baltimore - Click HERE (Housing Authority of Baltimore City) 

DHCD envisions a city of thriving neighborhoods with housing opportunities for people of all income levels in a wide variety of communities. To support this vision, the Office of Project Finance provides funding for the production of rental and for-sale housing opportunities in order to create decent, safe, and affordable housing for the citizens of Baltimore City.

We strive to:

  • Facilitate Baltimore’s revitalization
  • Support real estate developers in efforts to finance projects
  • Coordinate various City, State, and Federal agencies to meet deadlines
  • Provide construction oversight to mitigate rework, cost, and delay
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations applicable to our funding sources

DHCD coordinates several programs that provide funding to developers committed to providing affordable housing in Baltimore City:

  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Project-based Voucher Program for Developers/Owners (managed by HABC)

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

The HOME Program provides rental and homeownership opportunities to low and very-low-income persons and families (as those terms are defined in the HOME Program regulations at 24 CFR Part 92) by increasing the stock of decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing.

Click HERE for more information on HOME.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

CDBG, one of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) greatest success stories, is a HUD program designed to give local jurisdictions power to distribute federal funds directly to non-profit and public agencies that support housing and public-service programs. DHCD is the authorized representative for the City of Baltimore regarding the oversight and management of the CDBG Program.

Click HERE for more information on CDBG.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)

The LIHTC program gives State and local LIHTC-allocating agencies the authority to issue tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing targeted at lower-income households.

Project-based Voucher Program for Developers/Owners

The Housing Choice Voucher Program's Project-based program is managed by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and subsidizes units in HABC-owned and privately-owned properties throughout Baltimore.

Tenants residing in Project-based units pay 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities. The balance of their housing costs is paid by the program. Tenants in Project-based units are assisted as long as they live in the unit and continue to qualify for the program.

To be directed to HABC’s site for more information on this program click HERE.


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