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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) is to prevent and correct problems that contribute to the physical decline of residential and commercial areas; ensure fair and equitable relations between landlords and tenants; increase the supply of affordable housing; and maintain existing housing in a safe and sanitary condition.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY23 Operating Budget for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs is $68,448,485, an increase of $6,704,016 or 10.86 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $61,744,469. Personnel Costs comprise 18.54 percent of the budget for 110 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 104.20 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses and Debt Service account for the remaining 81.46 percent of the FY23 budget.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • A Greener County
  • An Affordable, Welcoming County for a Lifetime
  • Effective, Sustainable Government


Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.



  • Provide the highest level of affordable housing funding in the County's history by investing nearly $102 million in affordable housing. This includes $57 million in the Montgomery Housing Initiative (MHI) Fund, $36.7 million in the Affordable Housing Acquisition and Preservation CIP project, and an additional $6 million for the new Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. This increases dedicated funding and provides for renovation of distressed housing, the acquisition and preservation of affordable housing units, creation of housing units for special needs residents, services to the "Building Neighborhoods to Call Home" and "Housing First" programs, and creation of mixed-income housing.

  • Dedicate one-time funding of $40 million to create a new capital project, Preservation of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing Fund, to support acquisition and preservation of at-risk currently naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH), including units along the Purple Line and other County transit corridors.

  • Continue to protect lower-income residents from rent increases by working with nonprofits to identify and preserve at-risk naturally-occurring affordable housing and actively engaging purchasers with Rental Agreements to preserve affordable rents.

  • Continue to actively underwrite affordable housing loans to preserve and produce affordable housing. Five developments, including one senior and four family projects, have already been identified for potential funding in FY23. These developments would preserve or produce a total of 815 units, including 317 affordable units.

  • Commit additional resources in the Rental Assistance Program to pursue extension of approximately 125 expiring Moderately Priced Dwelling Units for another five years.

  • Collaborate with Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) to provide rental assistance programs to the residents who need it the most. A renewed focus will be on eviction prevention, including targeted assistance and financial literacy seminars in areas experiencing high eviction rates.

  • Continue to apply for and receive Federal grants (i.e., Community Development Block Grant - CDBG, the HOME Investment Partnership Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant), which provide funding for affordable housing, housing rehabilitation, commercial revitalization, focused neighborhood assistance, public services, and preventing homelessness.

  • Allocate $1 million from existing resources to explore, subject to the County's collective bargaining laws, a pilot program for down payment assistance to full-time career employees of Montgomery County and Montgomery County Public Schools to help make first time homebuying more affordable in the County.

  • Add an Investigator III Position for the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program to support increasing demand for tenant services.

  • Add two positions in the Common Ownership Community Program to enhance staffing capacity and restructure program operations to provide more effective and efficient service delivery.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Implemented the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund to provide ready capital for acquisition and preservation of at-risk affordable housing. The fund launch in the first calendar quarter of 2022 provides opportunities for affordable housing developers to compete with market purchasers on cost of capital and timely execution to support preservation of affordability.
  • Implementing internet-facing support for resident access to information and services, including an affordable housing search application called 'Rental Marketplace' and the Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU) Portal for applicants. The Rental Marketplace leverages rental survey reporting to provide residents with an intuitive and efficient interface to identify rental properties by rent levels. The MPDU Portal provides secure registration, document submission, training, and processing of applications.
  • Produced the online, interactive "Housing and Building Code Enforcement Guide" to support pubic awareness of housing and building standards, and how to obtain support to promote healthy, safe, and thriving communities.
  • Responded to COVID impact by implementing the Microenterprise Stabilization Program, creating one of the few CDBG COVID funded programs for businesses implemented nationwide. The Program provided 177 small businesses with up to $10,000 grants to address COVID business impacts for business owners who met Community Development Block Grant household income eligibility.

Program Descriptions

  Multi-Family Housing Programs

This program creates and preserves affordable multi-family housing units. Loans are made to the HOC, nonprofit organizations, property owners, and for-profit developers. This program provides funding to: preserve existing affordable housing units; construct and acquire affordable housing units; rehabilitate existing rental housing stock; participate in housing or mixed-use developments that...

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  Affordable Housing Programs

This program creates and preserves affordable single-family housing units. It enforces Chapter 25A of the County Code to ensure that Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) are provided and monitored for resale control. The Code requires that 12.5 percent to 15.0 percent of an approved development of 20 dwelling units or...

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  Housing Code Enforcement

This program enforces Chapter 26 of the County Code, Housing Maintenance, by inspecting rental condominiums, multi-family apartments, and single-family housing to ensure safe and sanitary conditions; Chapter 48, Solid Wastes; and Chapter 58, Weeds, the County's residential weeds and rubbish codes. Approximately 80 percent of the single-family inspections result from...

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  Grants Administration - Federal Programs

Staff provides management and oversight to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements for Federal funding awarded to Montgomery County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME Investment Partnership Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant programs. Funds from these programs...

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  Landlord-Tenant Mediation

This program ensures fair and equitable relations between landlords and tenants and encourages the maintenance and improvement of housing. Activities including mediating and arbitrating disputes; providing information and technical assistance to all parties; and taking legal action as necessary, including referring unresolved complaints to the Montgomery County Commission on Landlord-Tenant...

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  Neighborhood Revitalization

This program provides planning and implementation for neighborhood revitalization in targeted areas. Activities include commercial revitalization (physical and economic) in both local retail centers and central business districts as well as assistance to address other community concerns, including issues related to housing and public services. Primary funding for these activities...

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  Licensing and Registration

This program issues licenses to all rental housing (apartments, condominiums, and single-family) and registers all housing units within common ownership communities....

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  Housing Administration

This program provides management and oversight to support activities within the housing division including single and multi-family housing programs, and landlord tenant mediation. This program was formerly included as part of Housing Development and Loan Programs....

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This program provides overall direction, administration, and managerial support to the Department. Activities include budgeting, financial management, asset management, personnel management and administration, program oversight, training, automated systems management, and policy/program development and implementation....

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  Common Ownership Community Program

The Common Ownership Community (COC) program ensures fair and equitable relations between the governing bodies of homeowner associations, condominium associations, and cooperatives, and the individuals living within these common ownership communities, and encourages the maintenance and improvement of housing. Activities include mediating and arbitrating disputes; providing information and technical assistance...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Pofen Salem of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs at 240.777.3728 or Anita Aryeetey of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2784 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages5651608.005567030.00 5593799.00 6072291.009.1
Employee Benefits1731608.001674106.00 1658307.00 1680888.000.4
County General Fund Personnel Costs7383216.007241136.00 7252106.00 7753179.007.1
Operating Expenses1519675.001637893.00 1621007.00 1751387.006.9
County General Fund Expenditures8902891.008879029.00 8873113.00 9504566.007.0
Full-Time106.00107.00 107.00 110.002.8
Part-Time1.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs62.6562.65 62.65 65.654.8
Landlord-Tennant Fees5669814.007119750.00 7119750.00 7592500.006.6
Common Ownership Community Fees666861.00722500.00 722500.00 792500.009.7
Other Charges/Fees-10780.0074350.00 74350.00 74350.000.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures23632.0040000.00 40000.00 40000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues-13790.006500.00 6500.00 6500.000.0
Board of Appeals Fees-2250.008000.00 8000.00 8000.000.0
Other Licenses/Permits0.00492000.00 492000.00 492000.000.0
Fire Code Enforcement Permits0.000.00 0.00 60000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues6333487.008463100.00 8463100.00 9065850.007.1
Salaries and Wages1347183.001849048.00 1244510.00 1988499.007.5
Employee Benefits375074.00517828.00 347059.00 507794.00-1.9
Montgomery Housing Initiative Personnel Costs1722257.002366876.00 1591569.00 2496293.005.5
Operating Expenses37749395.0040755641.00 44625767.00 46594130.0014.3
Montgomery Housing Initiative Expenditures39471652.0043122517.00 46217336.00 49090423.0013.8
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 1.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs17.0517.05 17.05 18.055.9
Land Sale Proceeds0.006797750.00 6797750.00 1500000.00-77.9
Commitment Fee0.00200000.00 200000.00 200000.000.0
Asset Management Fee77540.0070200.00 70200.00 70200.000.0
MHI Transfer Tax0.00100000.00 100000.00 100000.000.0
Recordation Tax16313395.0014753187.00 19825844.00 19510377.0032.2
Loan Payments12840059.003100000.00 3300000.00 3300000.006.5
Miscellaneous Revenues3473978.0075006.00 75006.00 75006.000.0
MPDU Revenues2492079.001970000.00 1970000.00 1970000.000.0
Other Financing Sources9034.0049650.00 49650.00 47230.00-4.9
Investment Income1461522.001000000.00 578620.00 3453280.00245.3
MPDU Alternative Payments0.00360000.00 360000.00 360000.000.0
HOC Contributions0.001770833.00 1770833.00 2846875.0060.8
Montgomery Housing Initiative Revenues36667607.0030246626.00 35097903.00 33432968.0010.5
Salaries and Wages1500319.001930057.00 1930057.00 1932732.000.1
Employee Benefits338283.00551984.00 551984.00 507051.00-8.1
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs1838602.002482041.00 2482041.00 2439783.00-1.7
Operating Expenses11119945.007260882.00 7260882.00 7413713.002.1
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures12958547.009742923.00 9742923.00 9853496.001.1
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 -1.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs21.0021.50 21.50 20.50-4.7
Federal Grants4649706.007462246.00 7462246.00 7571762.001.5
Other Intergovernmental21.00280677.00 280677.00 281734.000.4
State Grants70335.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Loan Payments3551168.002000000.00 2000000.00 2000000.000.0
Investment Income139808.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues8411038.009742923.00 9742923.00 9853496.001.1
Total Expenditures61333090.0061744469.00 64833372.00 68448485.0010.9
Total Full-Time Positions106.00107.00 107.00 110.002.8
Total Part-Time Positions1.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs100.70101.20 101.20 104.203.0
Total Revenues51412132.0048452649.00 53303926.00 52352314.008.0
FY23 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: MIII Position for Common Ownership Communities [Common Ownership Community Program]963221.00
Add: Investigator III Position for the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program [Landlord-Tenant Mediation]824751.00
Add: Investigator III Position for Common Ownership Communities [Common Ownership Community Program]824751.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases1639250.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment1387420.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment712710.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs566250.00
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Administration]396880.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment25350.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-1085210.00
FY23 APPROVED950456665.65
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Operating Expenses to Reflect Adjusted General Fund Transfer to MHI [Multi-Family Housing Programs]48421200.00
Enhance: Rental Assistance Program Due to Increased Revenue Estimates [Multi-Family Housing Programs]47571900.00
Enhance: Operating Expenses to Reflect Adjusted Investment Income Estimates [Multi-Family Housing Programs]24538200.00
Enhance: Reflect Adjusted Loan Payment Estimates [Multi-Family Housing Programs]2000000.00
Reduce: Designated Expenditures due to Adjustment of Reserve for Affordable Housing [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-34000000.00
Reduce: Affordable Housing Projects Based on Land Sale Proceeds Contributed to the MHI [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-52977500.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Operating Expenses to Reflect Adjusted Debt Service for Housing CIP [Multi-Family Housing Programs]15348000.00
Increase Cost: HOC Production Fund Contribution to MHI [Multi-Family Housing Programs]7291670.00
Re-align: Create an Information Technology Specialist Position for Cost Efficiency [Administration]987601.00
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Administration]973430.00
Re-align: Create a Program Manager II Position to Support Implementation of MPDU Requirements [Affordable Housing Programs]757811.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases402220.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment305450.00
Decrease Cost: Reflect Adjusted Other Financing Sources [Multi-Family Housing Programs]-24200.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-171310.00
Re-align: Operating Expenses to Fund the Creation of a Program Manager II Position [Affordable Housing Programs]-757810.00
Re-align: Abolish a Vacant Planning Specialist III Position in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program to Support Creation of a New IT Specialist Position in the Management Services Program [Neighborhood Revitalization]-98760-1.00
FY23 APPROVED4909042318.05
Federal/State Programs
Add: Bethesda Cares, Inc. - Full-time Support to Supervise Volunteers Providing Homeless Services450000.00
Add: Community Reach of Montgomery County, Inc. - Provides support for the operations of a Diabetes Center450000.00
Add: Hispanic Business Foundation of Maryland, Inc. - Partnership Youth Initiative450000.00
Add: Lead4Life, Inc. - Disconnected Youth Intervention450000.00
Add: Montgomery Housing Partnership - Homework Club Afterschool Enrichment Program450000.00
Add: Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. - Rapid Exit Specialist450000.00
Add: Community Reach of Montgomery County, Inc. - Reduce Financial Instability by Providing Case Management Services and Financial Assistance 435000.00
Add: Interfaith Works, Inc. - Empowerment Center to Support Residents Experiencing Homelessness411000.00
Add: Cornerstone Montgomery Inc. - Provide Nursing Healthcare in Mental Health Residential Facilities 405000.00
Add: EveryMind - Stabilizing Adults through Situational Support391310.00
Add: ECDC Enterprise Development Group - Small Business Loan Program for Low to Moderate Income People354000.00
Add: Horizons Greater Washington Inc. - Summer Youth Program to Improve Proficiency in Literacy and Math350000.00
Add: Community Bridges, Inc. - College Access and Success Program for Young Women from Low Income and/or Minority Backgrounds350000.00
Add: Latin American Youth Center, Inc. - Maryland Multicultural Youth Center Mental Health346190.00
Add: Arts for the Aging - Boost Wellness and Connection through the Arts.266850.00
Add: Mobile Medical Care Inc. - Diabetic Eye Health240650.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Operating Expenses [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]1027500.00
Increase Cost: Emergency Solutions Grant Operating Expenses [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]111580.00
Technical Adj: Takoma Park Code Enforcement Contract [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]10570.00
Re-align: Abolish a Lapsed Office Services Coordinator Position to Create a Program Manager II Position to Implement MPDU Requirements [Affordable Housing Programs]0-1.00
Decrease Cost: Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Grant Operating Expenses [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]-43920.00
Decrease Cost: CDBG Grant Adjustments [Grants Administration - Federal Programs]-6250000.00
FY23 APPROVED985349620.50
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Affordable Housing Programs96743910.509258567.50
Common Ownership Community Program7120974.159051906.15
Grants Administration - Federal Programs70972025.7087412006.70
Housing Administration4691213.953992293.95
Housing Code Enforcement459539038.50476824838.50
Landlord-Tenant Mediation14120148.0014879109.00
Licensing and Registration4562563.204708533.20
Multi-Family Housing Programs417981986.90465417107.90
Neighborhood Revitalization18570396.6018769507.50
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY22
CIPCapital Fund2036631.701659151.70
Permitting ServicesPermitting Services1016271.001086381.00
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Disposal6913915.507072645.50
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY23 Approved9505.0000009505.0000009505.0000009505.0000009505.0000009505.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY230.000000219.000000219.000000219.000000219.000000219.000000
New positions in the FY23 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000317.000000317.000000317.000000317.000000317.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures9505.00000010041.00000010041.00000010041.00000010041.00000010041.000000
FY23 Approved49090.00000049090.00000049090.00000049090.00000049090.00000049090.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY230.000000101.000000101.000000101.000000101.000000101.000000
New positions in the FY23 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.00000082.00000082.00000082.00000082.00000082.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures49090.00000049273.00000049273.00000049273.00000049273.00000049273.000000