The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities Initiative for Persons with Disabilities

Overview

The Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities Initiative for Persons with Disabilities is the result of a partnership between The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the State of Maryland created to provide affordable rental housing options for persons with disabilities. Designed to build upon the strengths of the Foundation and the State's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC), this initiative seeks to increase accessible, affordable, and independent housing opportunities in the community.

Funding

Funding for eligible projects under this initiative includes $4M in grants from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and financial assistance from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through its Multifamily Rental Housing Programs. Capital grants are available as an incentive for owners of eligible rental housing developments with non-profit involvement to designate units for occupancy at affordable rents specifically for very low-income persons with disabilities.​

Weinberg-funded units commonly referred to as "Weinberg Apartments," house non-elderly, disabled persons at 10-30 percent of Area Gross Median Income (AGMI). Eligibility criteria include the ability of a tenant to pay 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) are partners in the initiative and MDOD qualifies eligible households and refers potential tenants to property managers.  All three State agencies work together to ensure that these units remain occupied.

Eligibility

In order to qualify, an Applicant must verify their disability and their receipt of SSI and/or SSDI income. Interested applicants must be referred by their Case Manager utilizing a web-based system created specifically for this initiative on www.Socialserve.com.​

In order to qualify for assistance, applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-62
  • Be disabled and receiving SSI or SSDI
  • Have a gross household income at or between 10-30 percent of AGMI (Area Gross Median Income) in the Maryland county in which they wish to reside
  • Not have a criminal background that includes a lifetime sex offense registry requirement 
  • Not have a criminal background that includes conviction of the production of methamphetamines in Federally-assisted property

These criteria are subject to additions or modifications. This list should not be considered comprehensive or all-inclusive.  Applicants are drawn from the Waiting List as units that meet their needs become available. 

Unit Availability

As of August 2017, there are 17 Weinberg Apartments built and occupied or leasing in the following counties: Dorchester, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's, Princess Anne, and Wicomico.  An additional 7 units are under construction or in the pipeline for construction in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Montgomery counties. Additional units will be added to the pipeline over time. All vacancies are filled through the waitlist.

If you are a Service Provider, contact Christina Bolyard via e-mail at housinginfo.mdod@maryland.gov for more information.

​If you are a person with a disability seeking assistance, contact your Case Manager for more information and for a referral. ​