Rental Allowance Program

Application Freeze
At this time, we are not accepting RAP applications due to the length of the current waiting list.

Program Description
The Rental Allowance Program (RAP) is a grant to Queen Anne's County from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. It provides rent subsidies to low-income residents who are either homeless or have an emergency housing need. The goal of the program is to enable them to move from homelessness or temporary emergency housing into permanent housing and to return to self-sufficiency

Eligible Type of Housing
Eligible housing can include:
  • Apartments
  • Boarding houses
  • Group homes
  • Mobile homes
  • Rooms in private homes
  • Single-family
  • Transitional housing (as long as it is not temporary)
Kitchen and bathroom facilities may be in common, shared, or independent. If no other suitable housing is available, and if proven cost-effective, hotel and motel rooms without access to kitchen facilities may be permitted. Living facilities may be shared with other program recipients.

Eligible Applicants
To be deemed eligible, applicants must be low-income, in danger of becoming homeless,
or in need of emergency housing. The income of assisted individuals and/or households cannot exceed 30% of the statewide or area median income, whichever is higher.

Subsidy Term
This is a rent subsidy program. Housing and Community Services signs a contract with the eligible recipient to provide a monthly rental allowance payment for up to but not to exceed 12 months. The amount of monthly rental allowance payments is based on family size.