Homelessness and Homeless Prevention

The Anne Arundel and Annapolis Coalition to End Homelessness (the Homeless Coalition) is the collaborative planning body tasked with coordinating, developing and planning services and programs serving the homeless, and those at risk of homelessness, in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.  The Homeless Coalition consists of over 50 County and City of Annapolis agencies, concerned citizens, nonprofit homeless service providers, private nonprofit organizations serving special needs clientele, as well as others with interests and roles in ending homelessness in the County. Learn more about the Home​less Coalition.

Each year, the City applies to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds.  These funds, which originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are awarded competitively by DHCD.  The City receives approximately $120,000 annually in ESG funds, for the  Light House Shelter.  The City also provides Community Development Block Grant funds and city funds annually to the Light House Shelter.  Both ESG and City funds are used by the shelter for operation and maintenance expenses and homelessness prevention services.  In addition, the City has several parking meters strategically placed downtown to collect a modest amount of revenue to help the shelter defray transportation costs for guests residing at the shelter.  The Light House Shelter, located at 10 Hudson Street.   Learn more about the Light House Shelter​.

For information on homeless services and resources, domestic violence assistance and Homeless Resource Day, please visit the following web sites:

Homeless Prevention

The Rental Allowance Program (RAP) provides grants to local governments to provide flat rent subsidies to low-income families who either are homeless or have an emergency housing need.  The goal of the program is to enable these households to move from homelessness or temporary emergency housing into housing that is more permanent and to return to self-sufficiency.  Eligible residents are low-income families who are homeless, in danger of becoming homeless, or in need of emergency housing. Incomes of assisted households cannot exceed 30 percent of the statewide or area median income, whichever is higher.

Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency administers the RAP program for the City of Annapolis.  For additional information, please call at 410-626-1900, extension 1019