Access to Opportunity: Implications of Implementing Small Area Fair Market Rent in Baltimore’s Neighborhoods

Report by Musaab Ibrahim, Taneeka Richardson, Cheryl Knott

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance   (Baltimore)

MDCEP and BNIA-JFI have partnered to assess the current state of Housing Choice Vouchers and the use of Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMR) in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. After data is collected, a racial equity analysis of current voucher usage and uptake will be completed and used to compare Baltimore to other jurisdictions in the state. This project also includes interviews with community leaders, housing authority staff, landlords and property managers, and focus groups with households who currently receive a voucher to understand the implications of using SAFMR.