Crownsville, MD – The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the United States, has extended a unique partnership with DHCD and other state agencies to help finance affordable rental housing opportunities for very low income persons with disabilities.
The foundation has announced that it will invest an additional $1 million in funding in the Maryland “Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities” program.
The partnership was announced in May 2011 as the Weinberg Apartment initiative with an initial $1 million investment. In many respects, it represented a marriage of missions. The foundation looks for innovative services and supports designed to enable people with multiple disabilities to live a life of their own choosing in the community—not in segregated, institutional, or congregate settings. DHCD also seeks to expand affordable rental housing opportunities for disabled individuals, as well as working families and senior citizens.
Joining the Weinberg Foundation and DHCD in the initiative are the state departments of disabilities and health and mental hygiene. The selected Weinberg Apartments will provide housing for non-elderly, low income disabled persons.
Two developments currently include Weinberg Apartments. Hudson Townhomes, a development in Cambridge, has two units reserved for persons with disabilities, and is scheduled for occupancy in early 2013. Parkview Towers, an apartment building in Takoma Park, is being remodeled. Five of the units are reserved for the program, and are scheduled for occupancy in summer 2013.
- By Catherine Kinlein