Prince George’s County Housing Assistance Pilot Program Will Help Seniors Address Housing Affordability
Seniors are a Top Priority
Seniors in Prince George’s County are a top priority for my administration. That’s why I am excited to announce the all-new Senior Housing Assistance Pilot program. This program will help eligible seniors with temporary financial assistance to help them stay in their homes. Essentially, seniors who qualify for the new pilot program will receive funds that they can use to pay their rent.
The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released a new report this past year titled, “Housing America’s Older Adults,” which found that housing is expensive for many older adults. The report found that, in 2021, over 11 million seniors spent more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs, which represents an all-time high. The report also found that government assistance was key to bridging the housing affordability gap for seniors, but that on a national scale, seniors with very low incomes did not receive adequate support.
Senior Housing Help
With these facts in mind, last year, after the County Council passed senior living assistance legislation without a dedicated funding source, I worked with our state representatives, including former State Senator Melony Griffith, to secure $1 million to fund the Senior Housing Assistance Program. We’re working with Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development to launch this new program in mid-March of this year.
The Senior Housing Assistance Pilot Program will provide eligible seniors with up to two direct payments for their rent. In total, each senior is eligible for up to $2,500 in assistance.
Application Launching in March
Seniors who are interested in applying to this new program will be able to use an online application through the County Department of Social Services.
Assistance will be available to seniors who meet these criteria:
- Aged 65 and older
- Live in Prince George’s County
- A Renter
- Lived in the County for at least five years
- Household income must be equal to or less than 40% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
It is our goal to make sure every resident of Prince George’s County has safe, stable housing that allows them to thrive. That’s why we are so excited to launch this all-new program to help our seniors. We encourage you to be on the lookout for more information once the application is live.
Yours in Service,
Prince George’s County Executive