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Affordable Housing

We need to take the long view in Montgomery County in order to ensure that we preserve options for affordable housing. The county should conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all publicly-owned land as soon as possible. Then, development of housing stock can proceed with intention and forethought. The county needs to collaborate with community partners to explore innovative ideas for how we can provide more affordable housing options. I support the county continuing to explore partnerships like home sharing, where homeowners offer extra rooms to people looking for affordable housing, and partnerships with nonprofits and the faith-based community.

Everyone deserves an affordable, decent home – whether they own or rent. In addition to age-in-place Senior Villages, I support expanded options for housing that provide older adults with choices to meet their changing needs and preferences – including affordable rental opportunities.

Low-income renters who are over 60 years old may be eligible for a tax credit from the Maryland renters' tax credit program. The program is administered by the Housing Initiative Partnership, a nonprofit developer and counseling agency. Visit www.HIPhomes.org, call 301-916-5946, or email ccastro@hiphomes.org to find out if you qualify for up to $1,000 in state assistance.