Our mission is simple… We strive to provide:
Housing Choices And Affordable Communities
The Housing Commission is a local public agency that provides safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local, and private resources. The Housing Commission does more than handle the day-to-day demands of providing affordable housing solutions to families, senior citizens, and the disabled. We strive to provide solutions to our community’s increasing affordable housing dilemma, and turn them into reality. We are driven to assist low-income families with finding safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities as they strive to achieve self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives.
The Goals of the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County fall into four basic areas:
**To increase the availability of decent, safe, and affordable housing
**To improve community quality of life and economic vitality
**To promote self-sufficiency and asset development of families and individuals
**To ensure Equal Opportunity in Housing for all Americans
Increasing Housing Availability:
We are working to increase the availability of decent, safe, and affordable housing, in three basic ways. First, we strive to expand the supply of assisted housing by applying for additional rental vouchers, reducing public housing vacancies, leveraging private or other public funding to create additional housing opportunities, and acquiring and/or building units for the purpose of increasing assisted housing.
Second, we work towards improving the quality of assisted housing by creating better public housing and voucher management, increasing customer satisfaction, and concentrating on efforts to improve specific management functions (like housing financing and voucher unit inspections), renovating or modernizing public housing units, demolishing or disposing of obsolete housing units, and providing replacement housing units or replacement vouchers.
Third, we are increasing assisted housing choices by providing voucher mobility counseling, conducting outreach efforts to potential voucher landlords, increasing voucher payment standards, implementing voucher, public housing, or other home-ownership programs, implement public housing site-based waiting lists, converting public housing to vouchers, and developing new units for home-ownership.
Quality of Life
The second area of our mission is to provide an improved living environment to those low-income families who participate in public housing programs. We seek to implement measures to de-concentrate poverty by bringing higher income public housing households into lower income developments, and take action to promote income mixing in public housing by assuring access for lower income families into higher income developments. We also strive to implement public housing security improvements, as well as designate developments or buildings for particular resident groups, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, and individuals with special needs.
Self-Sufficiency and Asset Development
The third goal is to promote self-sufficiency and asset development of assisted households. We aim to do this by increasing the number and percentage of employed persons in assisted families, providing or attracting supportive services to improve assistance recipients’ employability, as well as to increase independence for the elderly or families with disabilities.
Equal Opportunity Housing
The fourth area ensures equal opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing for all of our clients and prospective recipients of housing programs in Anne Arundel County. We work to undertake affirmative measures to ensure access to assisted housing, and to provide a suitable living environment for families living in assisted housing, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability, as well as to ensure accessible housing to persons with all varieties of disabilities regardless of unit size required.
We are further committed to operating in an efficient, ethical, dignified, and professional manner. By partnering with our residents and available resources, our mission and goals are aligned to enhance the quality of life in our community.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in Anne Arundel County
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18), or disability.
If you believe that your rights have been violated while you have been trying to buy or rent a home/apartment, you can file a fair housing complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
We suggest that you visit their web site for additional (and useful) information, including what to do when you need help quickly. You can file a complaint on-line with HUD or call them at 1-800-669-9777.
If you are disabled, HUD also provides a TTY for the hearing impaired (1-800-927-9275), interpreters, Braille, and help completing the forms.