MIH FY23 Statewide Funding and Advocacy Priorities

It is the mission of Maryland Inclusive Housing (MIH) to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) successfully access and maintain inclusive, affordable and accessible housing of their choice by creating opportunities, identifying resources, connecting people and providing services.

To fulfill this mission, MIH advocates for more affordable housing that is accessible to people with IDD. As part of its strategy, MIH collaborates with other efforts to expand affordable housing for all Marylanders, specifically for those with disabilities.  

In preparing these recommendations, MIH has consulted with its housing committees in Montgomery County, Howard Counties and Baltimore City, as well as the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).

  1. Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Rent Subsidy Program
    1. Funding to continue rent payments for people who leased in FY23, with additional funding for an additional 100 participants in FY24, estimated average cost of $1,600 per person monthly or $1.9 million.
  2. Support additional funding for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) affordable housing development resources, including Rental Housing Works (this is state-funded gap financing for DHCD-funded projects that stretches tax credit funding).
    1. Collaborate with Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) and Centers for Independent Living (CILS) on advocacy for this priority.
  3. National Housing Trust Funds
    1. Utilize DHCD/ National Housing Trust Funds for Marylanders with disabilities that have incomes at or below 20% AMI by lowering AMI funding target from 30 to 20% for people with disabilities.
  4. DHCD HomeAbility Program
    1. Increase funding for DHCD HomeAbility Mortgage Program – all funds are spent annually, indicating need is greater than available resources.
    2. Work with DHCD to redesign the HomeAbility program to make this more accessible to people with disabilities who have extremely low income
  5. Local Governments
    1. Encourage local governments to set aside rental units for people with disabilities when government funding is used.
    2. Prioritize local funding for projects that include partnerships with or support by MIH and other disability organizations.
    3. Create incentives for more Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) accessible units than required by HUD.
    4. Encourage local governments to enact legislation requiring affordable housing to be included in all new construction and substantial rehabilitation rental and homeownership developments (Inclusionary Zoning) and incorporate incentives for units affordable to people with disabilities in these projects. Collaborate with the Maryland Department of Disabilities on advocacy for this priority.
    5. For affordable units financed or created under local inclusionary zoning programs, require Universal Design features in rental units and incentivize such features in homeownership units. Collaborate with people with physical disabilities, advocates and experts to define the universal design features to be required or incentivized.

  6. Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan
    1. Use the current mandate in the guide requiring developers to accept funding offered by DHCD (Section 3.5.2) to fully deploy all HUD 811 Project Rental. Assistance, Weinberg Apartments funds and National Housing Trust Funds so that units set aside for people with disabilities are affordable for households with incomes at SSI/SSDI levels, significantly below 30% AMI. 
    2. Define and strengthen Universal Design requirements to create greater accessibility for people with physical disabilities.  Universal Design requirements should be determined with input from people with physical disabilities.
    3. Require Demand-Responsive Transit (DRT) in all projects that receive points for being transit oriented but that are not within ¾ mile from a fixed transit route.
    4. Monitor occupancy of UFAS and other units set aside for people with disabilities to ensure these units are occupied by qualified household members and publicly report compliance results.
  • Supporting the alignment of the Maryland Department of Health Capital Bond with existing affordable housing resources provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development so the program becomes readily accessible to housing developers for the purpose of expanding units available for people with disabilities. This initiative will entail collaboration with the MDOD.
    • Support enhanced participation in and utilization of with the goal of matching households with accessible units that meet their needs. This includes providing training for case managers in how to use special search features designed to assist with locating units for people with disabilities.