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HOC’s Mission


 

The mission of the Housing Opportunities Commission is to provide affordable housing and supportive housing services that enhance the lives of low-and moderate income families and individuals throughout Montgomery County, Maryland, so that:

  • No one in Montgomery County is living in substandard housing
  • We strengthen families and communities as good neighbors 
  • We establish an efficient and productive environment that fosters trust, open communication and mutual respect 
  • We work with advocates, providers and community members to maintain support for all the work of the Commission

HOC’s Commitment to Excellence

HOC has rededicated itself to a standard of excellence in all its activities:

  • Higher standard of housing;
  • Higher standard of customer service; and 
  • Higher standard of leadership.

Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing Program Changes

  • HUD has continuously reduced funding for the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs. 
  • HOC expects the reductions to continue in future years.
  • HOC is forced to make some very difficult financial decisions in effort to reduce the program costs.
  • HOC serves approximately
    • 6,000 families in the Housing Choice Voucher program
    • 1,500 families through Public Housing
  • Due to the reductions, the agency has been forced to make some very difficult operational changes.
    • These changes include staff reductions, revised occupancy standards and reduced Voucher Payment Standards.
  • Unfortunately, the changes will affect participants in both the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs.

Housing Unit Based Centers (HUBs)

  • HOC is opening ten Housing Unit Based service centers (HUBs) throughout the county.

  • The HUBs will improve convenience, responsiveness and accessibility for those we serve. 

  • Effective June 1, 2013, all rental payments (with the exception of specialty payments) owed to HOC must be delivered to and processed at a HUB location closest to the clients’ residence. 

  • The HUBs will begin to process recertification's, lease signings and other client paperwork.

  • Please utilize the HUB locator to identify your assigned HUB and its location. You may also call (240) 627-9400 and press 0 to find out HUB assignments.

  • HOC encourages its clients to pay rent online or by phone. For more information on the fast, easy and secure ways to pay rent

  • Please feel free to contact your property manager with any questions or comments regarding your HUB.

HUB Contact Information
 
Arcola Towers
1135 University Boulevard, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Property Manager (PM): Deborah Walker
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(301) 649-3590

Bauer Park
14635 Bauer Drive Rockville, MD 20853
Property Manager (PM): Barbara Eppolito
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(301) 460-4545

Elizabeth House
1400 Fenwick Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Property Manager (PM): Diane Thomas
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(301) 587-7838

Emory Grove
8107 Morningview Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Property Manager (PM): Michelle Wright
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(301) 948-1882
Holly Hall
10110 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20903
Property Manager (PM): Aleta Orem
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(301) 439-0900

Magruders Discovery
10508 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817
Property Manager (PM): Lisa Castillo
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(301) 365-7251

Seneca Ridge
11404 Scenery Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
Property Manager (PM): Charnita Robinson
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(240) 627-9772


Town Center (Rockville)
90 Monroe Street Rockville, MD 20850
Property Manager (PM): Sherraine Rawlins
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(240) 627-9546


Towne Centre Place (Olney)
3502 Morningwood Drive, Olney, MD 20832
Property Manager (PM): Ed Parks
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(301) 774-1574

Waverly House
4521 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814
Property Manager (PM): Michele KileyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (301) 986-0052


 

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Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) Program Changes

The following changes have been implemented in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program:


Subsidy Standards

New subsidy standards for the Housing Choice Voucher program were adopted by the Commission in April 2013 and are effective with your next annual income recertification:

  • The single head of household will be assigned a bedroom;

  • Live-in aides are provided a separate bedroom;

  • The head of household with a spousal relationship will be assigned a bedroom, and;

  • Beyond the head of household, two persons regardless of age or gender would be assigned one bedroom.

You may find the new subsidy standards affect the bedroom size for which you qualify. If you are no longer appropriately housed under these new standards, your rental costs will increase.
If, at the term of your lease, you choose to move from your unit, HOC will issue you a relocation voucher to locate an appropriate size unit.
Please contact your Housing Specialist for additional information pertaining to the Occupancy and Subsidy Standard change

Voucher Payment Standards

  • The Voucher Payment Standards (VPS) has been reduced to 95% of the Fair Market Rents.
  • The standards are used to calculate the subsidy value of the voucher.
  • The 95% standards will apply when you move to a new unit.
  •  At your second recertification following appointment the 95% standards will be used to calculate the subsidy value of the voucher.

New Voucher Payment Standards

   
Efficiency
Fair Market Rents: $1,231
Old Voucher Payment Standards: $1,231
New Voucher Payment Standards: $1,169
 
One Bedroom
Fair Market Rents: $1,297
Old Voucher Payment Standards: $1,362
New Voucher Payment Standards: $1,232
 
 
Two Bedrooms
Fair Market Rents: $1,538
Old Voucher Payment Standards: $1,538
New Voucher Payment Standards: $1,461
Three Bedrooms
Fair Market Rents: $2,058
Old Voucher Payment Standards: $2,058
New Voucher Payment Standards: $1,955
 
Four Bedrooms
Fair Market Rents: $2,586
Old Voucher Payment Standards: $2,589
New Voucher Payment Standards: $2,456
 

The new VPS are effective for all new Housing Assistance Payment Contracts. The VPS will affect all clients who move into new units.

Please contact your Housing Specialist for additional information pertaining to the Occupancy and Subsidy Standard changes.

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Public Housing Program Changes

The following changes have been implemented in the Public Housing program:

  • The Occupancy Standards which are used to determine the number of persons who should reside in a unit have been revised.
  • During your next recertification appointment these standards will be used.
  • Beyond the head of household, two persons regardless of age or gender will be assigned one bedroom.
  • If you are affected by the change of Occupancy Standards, you will be placed on the transfer list and moved to the appropriate sized unit.

Occupancy Standards

New occupancy standards for the Public Housing program were adopted by the Commission in April 2013 and are effective with your next annual income recertification:

  •  The single head of household will be assigned a bedroom; 
  •  Live-in aides are provided a separate bedroom;
  •  The head of household with a spousal relationship will be assigned a bedroom, and;
  •  Beyond the head of household, two persons regardless of age or gender would be assigned one bedroom.
  •  You may find the new occupancy standards affect the bedroom size for which you qualify. If you are no longer appropriately housed under these new standards, you will be placed on the transfer list and moved to the appropriate sized unit.

 Transfers

  • The new occupancy standards may affect the bedroom size for which you qualify. If you are no longer appropriately housed under these new 
  • We will provide you with at least a 30-day advance notification of a transfer. We cannot provide you with a specific transfer date, but it can occur any time after the 30-day notification and depends on unit availability.
  • Mandatory transfers are consistent with HUD guidelines and mandated in Section IX.A of your lease which states, “Resident agrees to transfer to another unit of appropriate size within thirty (30) days after notification by the Commission…if the Premises are no longer suitable for the Resident’s household size or composition under Commission occupancy standards.”
  • HOC has a 2-offer transfer policy. You may, without good cause and without penalty, turn down one offer of transfer. After turning down a second offer without good cause, HOC has the right to initiate eviction for failure to comply with the lease agreement. We have adopted this policy because of the extreme demand for housing.
  • standards, you will receive written notification of a mandatory transfer.

Please contact your Housing Specialist for additional information pertaining to the Occupancy and Subsidy Standard changes.

Disposition of 669 Public Housing Units

HOC is converting Public Housing scattered site units to permanent affordable rental housing owned by an HOC entity.

HUD has approved these changes.

  • This program will allow HOC to update units to a higher standard.
  • What This Means for You

You Are Important to Us! HOC values all of our residents and we want you to remain in your current home.

  • We will improve your unit.

  • We will improve our services.
  • You will see and experience changes!
 For additional information, send an email with questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (240) 627-9584 with questions or concerns pertaining to the Disposition.
 

Operational Changes

Income Recertification’s by Mail

Additionally, effective June, annual income recertifications will be completed by mail for the following client groups:

  • Elderly persons

  • Disabled persons
  • Working families
If you are a member of one of the above groups, you will receive your recertification material through the mail. You will return the material to HOC by mail, drop-off or email. You will be contacted by your Housing Specialist regarding changes to your housing subsidy and tenant portion of rent. Appointments will be held on an exceptional basis.
 

Additional Changes

  • HOC has improved its communications and is transitioning to electronic correspondences.
  • We need your email address and current phone numbers. Please click here to provide this vital contact information.Top