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COUNTY COUNCIL PASSES LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUND
Measure Builds on ‘People’s Council’ Agenda and its Core Tenet of Supporting Working Families
The Prince George’s County Council, during session on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, voted unanimously to enact CB-023-2023, legislation establishing the Prince George’s County Rental Assistance Program and Rental Assistance Fund.
Under the measure, financial rental assistance will be provided to Prince George’s County residents based on Area Median Income (AMI) level and rent increases, with monthly disbursements, up to 6 months provided over a two-year period. Eligibility requirements include renters whose household income is equal to or less than 60% of the AMI for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area as established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
District 7 Council Member Krystal Oriadha, author of CB-023-2023, thanked her colleagues for their unanimous approval of the bill, and reaffirmed her commitment to support working families, a core tenet of “The People’s Agenda.”
“We passed the rent stabilization bill, but there were so many people already impacted. We knew that the money from the pandemic was ending, and the voucher program in the County has been closed for years. The question was what people were going to do and how would we close that gap,” adding, “This Rental Assistance Program is part of the continued conversation we must have around affordable housing. For too long we have focused on building and development, but not how to maintain affordable housing that currently exists or how to meet the needs of people who are trying the best they can. They are working every single day and can’t survive.”
Council Member Oriadha also challenged County residents to hold their elected officials – the County Council and the County Executive - responsible for the allocation of their tax dollars as the Council seeks a budget amendment to fund the measure.
“This can’t be the end of the conversation. Passing this bill is just the first step. The next step is making sure that a budget amendment for this bill is passed. It is so important that our budget aligns with our morals. Hold everyone on this dais accountable to make sure your tax dollars work for you. That is the agenda of this ‘People’s Council,’ that you can feel the tax dollars flooding through the community in a way that truly impacts you.”
CB-023-2023 will take effect 45 calendar days after it becomes law.