Campaigns and Policy Priorities
The campaign for Housing Opportunities Made Equal (The HOME Act)
“A family’s source of income should never be used as a basis to discriminate against them. We are sending a very clear message to those who seek federal funds that we intend to stand up for the cause of civil rights and expect them to do the same.” – former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Source of income discrimination is an insidious form of discrimination that contributes to concentrations of poverty, prevents access to good schools and jobs, and contributes to poor health. This form of discrimination perpetuates segregation based on race, disability, and other protected classes. It follows that preventing this form of discrimination can lead to economic, health and education benefits, including increased earnings, reduction in mental health and behavioral/emotional challenges, and improved reading and math scores among children.
While Montgomery, Howard and Frederick counties and the cities of Annapolis, Frederick, and Baltimore (for some properties) have prohibited this form of discrimination for years, many Maryland communities still permit property owners to deny housing to persons based on their source of income.
Read about about the Baltimore County HOME Act.
Read about the Maryland state HOME Act.
Consider the Person Campaign
The Consider The Person Campaign is focused on changing the hearts and minds of landlords and communities about participants in the Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8) Program, so that participants may live in any neighborhood they choose. Learn more by going to the Consider the Person Campaign website.
Campaign to End Youth Homelessness
Homelessness among youth under the age of 25 who are on their own, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, is on the rise in Maryland.
Most unaccompanied homeless youth have experienced serious conflict in their families, and only face further trauma and victimization while living in shelters or on the street. Without access to appropriate housing and supportive services, they are ill-equipped to transition to a stable and self-sufficient adulthood. It doesn’t have to be this way.
HPRP, in partnership with other advocates, service providers, and youth, is fighting to end unaccompanied youth homelessness in Maryland. We can protect and support our most vulnerable youth by ensuring that they have access to the housing and services they need for a stable transition to adulthood. In one of the richest states in one of the richest countries in the world, no young person should be homeless and alone. Not even for a single night.