Member Briefing: Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Study Group to Share Findings, Seek Input from Members

Humans require shelter, just as they require food, water, and clean air. Increasingly, it is difficult to find housing in Anne Arundel County for those on limited incomes. In the county, where area median income (AMI) is just over $100,000 per year, almost half of all renters are considered “overburdened” because they pay more than a third of their income for rent, leaving less for food, transportation, childcare, health care, and other necessities. 

The LWVAAC Study Group on Affordable Housing was formed in 2020 to review the League’s existing position on affordable housing, which was adopted in 1992, and to determine whether it should be modified. The group read reports, tracked local legislation, and interviewed elected officials and housing authority leaders in the county.

The Study Group will present its findings and solicit ideas of viable, meaningful actions LWVAAC can take to address the issue of affordable housing in Anne Arundel County. Special guest Trudy McFall, founder of Homes for America, will share insights from her 45-year career in housing and participate in the discussion.

Please plan to participate in this fact-sharing, thought-provoking, idea-generating meeting. 

LWVAAC Position

Affordable Housing (Adopted 1992)

Action to secure affordable housing for low and very low income residents and special populations in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.

Support for:

  1. rehabilitation of the existing housing supply to maintain the stock of affordable housing;

  2. meeting the housing and human service needs of special populations including, but not limited to the homeless;

  3. increasing opportunities for people of low or moderate income;

  4. ensuring an adequate stock of subsidized housing, and rental assistance and services to low and very low income persons.

Click here to download the Fact Sheet prepared by the LWVAAC Affordable Housing Study Group.

The Face of Affordable Housing in Anne Arundel County

Click here for a pictorial overview provided by the Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition.

Affordable Housing Study Group Members:

Jeanne Jehl, Chair

Kathy Larrabee

Abby Root

Mary Wells Vickery

Niecy Chambers, advisor

Meeting guest:

Trudy McFall, founder of Homes for America

March 25, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Niecy Chambers · · 443-672-8270
Trudy McFall Richard Willson Susan Cochran Myrna Siegel Nikki Tyree Niecy Chambers Anne Golden Mary Vickery Marg Harbachewski Jane Garbacz Lynn Mortoro Alexis Dorsey Kathy Larrabee Gail Viamonte Alfa Stevens Abby Root Carolyn Ciepiela

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