Mary­land re­designs af­ford­able rental lo­ca­tor

MDHous­ingSearch.org pro­vides free search­ing, list­ing for ten­ants, land­lords

The Star Democrat - - REAL ESTATE -

NEW CAR­ROLL­TON — The Mary­land De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment has launched a new ver­sion of its free, Web-based af­ford­able rental hous­ing lo­ca­tor, MDHous­ingSearch.org, the first ma­jor re­design of the lo­ca­tor web­site since its de­but in 2008.

MDHous­ingSearch.org en­ables land­lords and prop­erty own­ers to list and ad­ver­tise their af­ford­able rental units at no cost. Po­ten­tial ten­ants re­ceive free ac­cess to those list­ings and can tai­lor their search for hous­ing to in­clude in­for­ma­tion on ac­ces­si­bil­ity, neigh­bor­hood ameni­ties, and other fea­tures.

“Un­der Gov­er­nor Larry Hogan’s lead­er­ship, the state’s in­vest­ment in af­ford­able rental hous­ing has reached un­prece­dented lev­els, cre­at­ing or pre­serv­ing more than 15,000 units,” said Sec­re­tary Ken­neth C. Holt. “The other side of that equa­tion is pro­vid­ing easy ac­cess to that hous­ing for Mary­lan­ders who need it, and this over­haul of MDHous­ingSearch. org will im­prove cus­tomer ser­vice and help more work­ing fam­i­lies, se­niors, and in­di­vid­u­als with spe­cial needs find a safe, de­cent, and, most im­por­tantly, af­ford­able place to call home.”

MDHous­ingSearch.org cur­rently fea­tures more than 103,000 hous­ing units reg­is­tered statewide, which can be searched free and anony­mously. With the re­design, the site will now pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about af­ford­able units cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion, en­abling po­ten­tial ten­ants to ap­ply for hous­ing in ad­vance. The re­design in­cludes a cleaner, more mod­ern look, as well as mo­bile-re­spon­sive­ness.

In ad­di­tion to on­line tech­ni­cal sup­port and a toll-free, mul­ti­lin­gual call cen­ter for cus­tomer ser­vice, MDHous­ingSearch.org also pro­vides live we­bi­nar train­ings upon re­quest for ser­vice and prop­erty providers, hous­ing and so­cial case­work­ers, and agency and prop­erty staff. The ser­vice fea­tures in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal re­sources for rental, le­gal, en­ergy, veter­ans as­sis­tance and sup­port­ive hous­ing for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. MDHous­ingSearch.org also fea­tures an ar­ray of re­port­ing tools for hous­ing pro­fes­sion­als as­sist­ing with track­ing and com­pli­ance un­der pro­grams like the Low In­come Hous­ing Tax Credit.

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