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Program Description

  Rental Assistance Program

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) provides a shallow subsidy to individuals and families at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness. The target populations for this program are seniors, people with disabilities, and others on a fixed income.

Program Contacts

Contact Christine Hong of the HHS - Services to End and Prevent Homelessness at 240.777.1179 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Number of unique households with an active rental subsidy during the year 19118069431,0711,200
Percent of clients who utilized housing stabilization services (HSS) within a year after receiving rental assistance (RAP) 245%27%27%26%25%
1  Despite having funding, RAP enrollment continues to slow down due to clients no longer meeting RAP eligibility criteria. Although referral numbers continue to rise, current participants that are being reviewed during recertification are no longer eligible. For FY24, the updated eligibility requirements have allowed for additional referrals along with the expansion of other housing benefits.
2  FY23 is based on cases initiated in FY22 due to a one-year lag in the metric. The decrease in FY23 is likely due to clients relying on available Covid funding rather than HSS. Additional appropriate housing options and resources were also carefully considered at move in which allowed clients to maintain housing stability. Program projects similar performance in FY24 as FY23 since there are no major programmatic changes and the same financial resources.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved1489752333.50
Eliminate: Ending of Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Grant-14016832-28.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.72832.21
FY25 Recommended8879747.71