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The Housing Authority - Rental Assistance  

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Housing Authority of St. Mary's County, Maryland offers rental assistance in the form of State funded Rental Allowance Program and Federal funded Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.  Both are designed to provide affordable, decent, safe, and sanitary housing.  


Rental Assistance is provided by Federal and State Programs such as:

Rental Allowance Programs (RAP)

The State of Maryland's Rental Allowance Program (RAP) is designed to assist very low income persons who have critical housing needs.

Eligibility for the Rental Allowance Program includes:

  • Resident of St. Mary's County

  • Verification of critical housing need

  • Income eligible

  • Photo ID is needed as documentation required

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funding for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. This program is to assist eligible families in paying their rent. Preference is given to elderly, disabled, and working families.

Eligibility for the Housing Choice Voucher Program includes:

  1. Income eligible
  2. Has not participated in any drug related or violent criminal activity in the last five years.
  3. Does not owe money to any Housing Authority.

Once you are notified that your name has come to the top of the waiting list, you will need to have the following information on all household members:

  • Social Security Cards
  • Birth Certificates
  • Income Verification (employment, child support, pensions, Social Security, Temporary Cash Assistance, etc.)
  • Child Care Expenses
  • Medical Bills (Elderly and/or Disabled Head of Household only)