David Mosely: A Success Story

David Mosely, a current Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership client, was featured in this Consider the Person video talking about how the program helped him have a place to live while saving to purchase a home of his own.  Mr. Mosely, who suffers from severe disabilities, works at the local Home Depot and participated in the […]

Providing Incentives and Services to Landlords and Owners to Participate

The success of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) depends on participation of landlords with good properties in stable and safe communities.  There are a number of federally required processes that must be completed including the inspection and the housing assistance payments contract, insuring that the home or apartment is truly owned or […]

Changing Perceptions

Did you know the Consider The Person Campaign releases a quarterly newsletter? Each newsletter brings readers closer to the cause by providing information on the campaign, inside stories of Housing Voucher holders and landlords, and industry news. The newsletter highlights any media coverage the campaign has received and where you can find it. If you […]

Living Off Minimum Wage in the Ninth Most Expensive State

Earlier this month The New York Times created a minimum wage calculator. The program allows you to plug in your average monthly expenses including: housing, utilities, transportation, health care, food, loans and debit, taxes. Minimum wage in Maryland is $7.25, giving workers a yearly income of $14,500. Last year, Maryland was voted the ninth most […]

What Landlords Need to Know, Part 1

As an owner or manager of a rental unit, it is important that you select the appropriate tenant for your unit.  This process is not always easy, especially when you wish to consider voucher holders from the Housing Choice Voucher Program which requires adherence to federal guidelines. There are a number of rules and regulations […]

Accessible Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Imagine you or someone in your family is a wheelchair user. Perhaps you once had a job but you were in an accident, or that you had an illness that resulted in your being unable to walk. Because you were being treated for the illness or accident, you were unable to work for months, or perhaps even years. Now you are a person with limited income and are a wheelchair user. Or perhaps you are a single parent with a child who has severe disabilities, including the inability to walk, and as a result, you must stay home to care for your child.

The Perception of Housing Choice Voucher Holders

I find it both interesting and disappointing how the public observes a specific negative housing situation and correlates that directly with a housing choice voucher (Section 8) family.  During the last few years staff at our agency has noted that 9 out of every 10 calls or emails we receive concerned about a home or […]

News Coverage: Coalition aims to end discrimination

Last week, the Baltimore Sun covered the launch of the Consider the Person Campaign. Here’s an excerpt: According to the Community Development Network, approximately 60 percent of voucher recipients are elderly or disabled, and 38 percent are employed, though the average salary is about $15,000 a year. The program requires tenants to put no more […]

What Voucher Holders Are Thankful For

It’s that time of year when we get to reflect on our lives and think about what we’re thankful for. Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders are especially thankful they get to enjoy the holidays from their very own home. Here’s a look at what else they’re thankful for. . Choice Families who get vouchers aren’t […]