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Rent assistance in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Several agencies in the Anne Arundel County area provide rental assistance to low income families and those facing eviction. A combination of churches, government agencies, and charities can be turned to for help. What may be provided includes grants for paying back rent, security deposits or other types of emergency housing assistance, including shelter. Or there may be loans for emergency rental assistance, legal aid or funds for a security deposit.

Some of the financial aid available in the county, including Annapolis, is funded by the state and can include the Rental Assistance program (RAP) and other sources. These resources will normally be for very low income families, the disabled, or senior citizens.

There are also many charities that can help with rent expenses, however these groups will normally rely on donations, and will have limited funding. In any case, most of the agencies will require clients to go through some form of case management in order to qualify for any form of help.

The Department of Social Services, or DSS
Address is 80 West Street
Annapolis MD, 21404
Call 410-269-4500
They provide services across Anne Arundel County. There is emergency rent help for families or single parents with children. Other grants can be used for utilities, they have information on public housing, and the county can arrange for free legal aid to prevent an eviction. Any aid is provided at most once every two years. Another location is at 7500 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061-6590, phone 410-421-8500.

Annapolis City Housing Authority
1217 Madison St.
Annapolis, MD 21403
Call 410-267-8000 for information
Processes applications for section 8 vouchers. This is a low income, rent subsidy program. It focuses on the poor, seniors, low income, and disabled in the county/

 

 

 

Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee
251 West Street
Annapolis Maryland, 21401
410-626-1900
Funds for paying rent may be issued from the non-profit community action agency. Resources are limited, and some clients may be provided a no interest rate loan instead. Other support includes case management, foreclosure counseling, and assistance with a security deposit on a new, low income apartment. Referrals to charities can be provided too.

NCEON
304 Fifth Avenue SE
Glen Burnie MD, 21061
For information, dial 410-766-1826
Programs cover a limited area. Resources include food, financial aid for rent to stop an eviction, legal aid, and even help for water bills. Appointments and referrals are needed.

Emergency eviction help can assist with paying rent or utility arrears. Anne Arundel County homeless families can also access rapid rehousing/relocation, which can provide assistance in the form of free motel vouchers, transitional housing, and money for rental deposits. Click here for details on homeless prevention in Anne Arundel County.

Anne Arundel Legal aid
Mailing address 229 Hanover Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Toll free - (800) 666-8330
Attorneys can address housing issues, ranging from free advice and representation for evictions to resolve disputes over housing discrimination or unsafe apartments. Lawyers can also help with applications for section 8 rent subsidies.

 

 

 

 

Arundel Community Development Services
Main office is 2666 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone - (410) 222-7600
Most of the financial assistance programs are focused on homebuyers. They help low income renters, tenants, minorities and the disadvantaged buy homes. There may be low cost grants or loans for housing costs - in lieu of rent.

Arundel House of Hope
Address is 6401 Ritchie Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061-1608
Call 410-863-4888
This church based group provides various housing and rent services, ranging from referrals to ongoing support to tenants.

St. Vincent de Paul
Address is 109 Duke of Gloucester St.
Annapolis, MD  21401
Phone: 410-727-3523
Some churches offer rent help, and they cover the Anne Arundel area. Volunteers will arrange shelter or, in limited cases, there may be money for a partial rent payment. Individuals on the path to self-sufficiency can be placed into transitional housing units as well.

Our Lady of Perpetual
Address is 515 Loch Haven Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
Phone - (443) 203-1002
Assistance programs include shelter, food, financial aid (for rent or utilities) and other support.

Catholic Charity Churches
There are a few in the region. They also partner with outreach centers in Anne Arundel County. Whether it is emergency rental assistance, free furniture for an apartment, or referrals, support is offered. The goal is to stop homelessness and evictions, and the low income, underemployed, or those in a crisis may get a few dollars for back rent or bills. More on Anne Arundel County Catholic Charity assistance programs.

Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County
Address is Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie, MD 21060,
Main phone - 410-222-6200
This government agency processes applications for RAP, which is the state's main resource for those facing eviction or homeless. A combination of loans and other funds, including grants, can be used for back rent, utility reconnections or deposits, and other housing costs.

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army
Center is at 351 Hilltop Lane
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 268-4577
Shelter, transitional housing, and referrals to emergency rental assistance may be provided by case managers from the non-profit.

By Jon McNamara

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