Several programs exist to address the needs of Maryland’s homeless population and those in danger of becoming homeless. However, DHCD does not provide direct services to individuals seeking shelter. The following services are administered by DHCD through our local administrative agencies (LAA). To access any of the following programs or services, please contact the Continuum of Care Lead in your jurisdiction.
Under the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development receives federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support homeless shelters and homeless services programs in 19 counties and three municipalities. Urban counties, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's, as well as Baltimore City, receive federal funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and not through the department. These jurisdictions are eligible to apply for state funding for programs which serve unaccompanied homeless youth. Learn more about the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program.
HCP operates in five jurisdictions and assists low income families who are homeless, or in imminent danger of becoming homeless to locate, secure, and maintain permanent housing. Counselors help these families establish adequate credit references and to apply for subsidized housing. The counselors also help access local public and private resources for the first and last month’s rent, security deposits, utility payments, or donations of furniture. Read more in our policy guide
SLH provides funds in thirteen jurisdictions to link low-income residents to community services. SLH stabilizes households that are in precarious situations, thereby avoiding episodes of homelessness. Advocates help link residents to health services, education, job training, employment, addiction treatment, and other counseling. Read more in our policy guide
ETHS provides state funding for emergency and transitional shelters for people who are homeless. ETHS funds shelter beds and support services such as limited rent assistance, food, transportation, and case management. ETHS is administered locally with significant involvement of local homelessness agencies in each jurisdiction.
The Directory of Maryland Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs can be used to contact ETHS funded and other shelter programs around the State. The directory also includes summaries of each jurisdiction’s Freezing and Inclement Weather Plans. The most up-to-date Directory is available here.
Read more in our policy guide
HW-CS HW-CS Home Program provides shelter, room and board, counseling, and referral services to homeless women and children. The shelters offer a 24-hour crisis hotline in addition to safe accommodations and meals. Other services include direct resource referral for housing, physical and mental health care, education, training, employment services, and case management.
Read more in our policy guide
The purpose of the Rental Allowance Program is to provide grants to local governments to provide rental assistance to low-income families who either are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The goal of the program is to enable these households to move into permanent housing, or to prevent them from losing their current housing. Counties, Baltimore City, and Annapolis may apply directly to the Department for program funds and administer the processing of applications made by eligible residents for rent subsidies. Low-income families may apply directly to the local administering agency for rental assistance. Learn more about the Rental Allowance Program (RAP).