The Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s (HABC) “Everybody is at Risk” COVID-19 prevention and awareness campaign has partnered with the legendary hip hop group the Sugarhill Gang to help spread the word about wearing facial coverings to stop the spread of the virus. Take a look at the innovative, exciting way we are getting the word out to keep our communities safe. The Sugarhill Gang, the trailblazing artists with the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rapper’s Delight”, learned of HABC’s comprehensive efforts to inform and advise residents on best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19 and offered to support the “Everybody is at Risk” campaign.
Message from HABC's President/CEO
In consideration of recent COVID-19 developments, HABC is complying with
Baltimore City, the state of Maryland and federal recommendations to close all
offices to the public. To learn more about HABC’s response, click below.
Did You Know
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) continues to closely monitor developments related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Your
safety and the safety of our employees remains of utmost importance to us. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through these challenges.
Click the link below to our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ).
HABC Responds to COVID-19
Click below for more information on how HABC is responding to COVID-19Click Here
As often as possible the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) will continue to provide informative information to those we serve. Visit any of the links or documents below to access helpful information.
COVID-19 Social Media
September 15, 2020
- On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm The HABC Board of Commissioners will hold a Virtual Board meeting.
To join as an attendee, click here.
August 8, 2020
- CHECK OUT OUR NEW PSA: HABC’s “EVERYBODYS AT RISK” continues to inform about the importance of wearing a facial covering.
- Check out our latest PSA featuring Baltimore’s own MAYSA ! Click here!
August 7, 2020
- As of 5 pm on Friday, August 7, Baltimore City will allow indoor dining at restaurants, at up to 25% occupancy. Occupancy limits will be lowered for certain types of facilities, including indoor recreation venues, retail establishments and malls, houses of worship, and the casino. Additionally, indoor and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people.
July 16, 2020
- On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm The HABC Board of Commissioners will hold a Virtual Board meeting.
To join as an attendee Click Here
July 15, 2020
- Older Adults in Baltimore City can get free fans & air conditioners - Older Baltimore residents (ages 55 or older) or caregivers can call Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE to see if they qualify for a free box fan or air-conditioning unit. Click here to read more.
July 13, 2020
- The application deadline for the Temporary Rent Support Program in Baltimore has been extended to July 19, 2020.
Click here to learn more.
July 10, 2020
- The City of Baltimore will resume enforcing metered parking time limits after loosening restrictions due to the coronavirus. All parking meters in the downtown area and throughout the city will be in operation starting July 13.
June 30, 2020
- Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore Summer Day Camp, July 13 th – August 21 st, *limited spots available*.
Click here to read more
June 19, 2020
- Baltimore City will enter into Phase 2 of reopening at 5:00 pm Friday, June 19,
2020. This step permits certain activities to begin reopening, but it does not mean all
activities will reopen immediately. Check with individual City of Baltimore agencies
for their expected re-opening timelines. At this time, Baltimore City Rec And Parks
Pools and Playgrounds remain closed.
- This day, June 19th, offers us a chance to reflect on who we are as a country and evaluate where we are clashing with our everyday values. This year, transformational events of change are taking place. Click here
June 16, 2020
- On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 4:00 pm: The HABC Board of Commissioners will hold a Virtual Board meeting at 4:00.
Click here to learn more
June 10, 2020
- FOUR THOUSAND FACIAL COVERINGS: HABC gives a special thanks to the generosity of UnitedHealthcare Community & State! HABC is one of 45 PHAs receiving a total of 176,000 non-surgical, washable cloth masks, to share with their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to see more:
June 4, 2020
- Maryland Governor lifts coronavirus restrictions for non-essential businesses as state enters Phase 2 of Reopening Plan. Restrictions will be lifted June 5th at 5:00 pm. Click here to learn more
- COVID-19 UPDATES FOR OUR RESIDENTS : Click here to read the Housing Authority of Baltimore City’s accommodations to better serve our residents as we return to work. We are currently in PHASE I of III.
June 1, 2020
- Voting sites for the June 2nd primary election have been updated. Click here to learn more.
- As part of the COVID-19 Emergency Food Strategy, the June 2020 Grocery Box distribution schedule is available. Click here to learn more.
May 29, 2020
- Baltimore City’s Stay-at-Home Order has been adjusted. Beginning Friday, May 29th at 5:00 pm. Outdoor dining for restaurants with a permit will be allowed. Facial covering and social distancing will still apply.
May 27, 2020
- On Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm HABC will hold the BAHD Board of DirectorsMeeting. To participate in this meeting, please use this conference call information CALL-IN NUMBER: (443) 984-1696 ACCESS CODE: 0781787 Click here to learn more.
May 22, 2020
Baltimore has 5 voting sites for June 2, 2020.:
a. Mount Pleasant Church & Ministries 6000 Radecke Avenue Baltimore, MD 21206
b. Edmondson High School 501 N. Athol Avenue Baltimore, MD 21229
c. University of Maryland at Baltimore Community Engagement Center 1 North Poppleton Street Baltimore, MD 21201
d. Dr. Carter G. Woodson School #160 2501 Seabury Road Baltimore, MD 21225
e. Baltimore City Board of Elections Benton Office Building 417 E. Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21202
May 21, 2020
- HABC RESIDENTS CLICK HERE for the most recent version of the HUD tenant brochure, which is also available on the HUD website.
- TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 Mayor Young announces cancellation of public events through August 31 st. This includes 4th of July Celebration, Artscape and AFRAM. Click here to read the Mayor’s Press Release.
May 20, 2020
- TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 - This election will be primarily a “vote by mail” election. By emergency proclamation of the Governor, the 2020 Presidential Primary Election has been postponed to June 2, 2020. Click here to read more.
May 13, 2020
- On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 4:00 p.m: The HABC Board of Commissioners will hold a Virtual Board meeting at 4:00.
To join as an attendee click here.
May 11, 2020
- COVID-19 HUD Waivers: Click Here to learn more.
May 7, 2020
- HELPFUL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
1. Executive Order: prohibiting utility companies from shutting off or charging
late fees for residential services, including water, electricity, phone, and internet has been extended until June 1st.
2. Schools: Maryland public schools will remain closed for the remainder of
the 2019-2020 academic school year.
- May is Mental Health Month: In light of what’s going on, you may feel the need to talk to someone. You can call the NAMI Helpline at (410) 435-2600 Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. You can also visit the website to get more information on virtual support groups. NAMI runs for free.
Click here to learn more.
May 1, 2020
- Department of Transportation Announces Changes to Charm City Circulator Hours of Operation- BALTIMORE, MD — The Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced today that the Charm City Circulator (CCC) will soon be modifying its hours of operation. Click here to learn more.
- The following stops are temporarily closed.
Click here to learn more.
April 28, 2020
- As the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, we continue our commitment to those we serve during this global event. Our services continue, however, HABC offices will be closed to the public through Friday, May 15, 2020.
April 24, 2020
- CURIOUS ABOUT HUD WAIVERS DURING COVID-19 – Click Here
April 21, 2020
- BALTIMORE (April 21, 2020) - The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) has launched a public awareness campaign “Everybody is at Risk” to inform and educate residents about the importance of practicing social distancing at all times in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Click here to learn more.
April 20, 2020
- On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 4:00 p.m., the HABC Board of Commissioners will hold a virtual Board meeting. JOIN THE CONFERENCE MEETING at 4PM on April 21, 2020 by calling 443-984-1696 code 0702003.
April 15, 2020
- GET THE LATEST MTA UPDATES: Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) service Effective April 14, local bus service will operate on a base Saturday schedule Monday through Saturday with enhanced service on select routes to maintain access for essential workers and healthcare personnel.
To learn more, Click Here.
- SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA): Mayor Young, Goldman Sachs and
Lendistry announce $10 million-dollar business stimulus program fund to provide
emergency forgivable loans to help Baltimore’s small business endure the COVID-19 economic crises.
To learn more, Click Here.
- ITS OFFICIAL FACIAL COVERINGS REQUIRED: Effective Saturday, May 18th in the State of Maryland.
Click here to make your own.
April 13, 2020
- Due to the ongoing public health emergency, HABC will remain closed to the public until May 1st.
- THIS WEEK: HABC will begin the necessary safety and health precautions of placing signs (see below) around our resident properties . This is a result of the ongoing guidelines presented by Local, State and Federal Officials during COVID-19 and to create awareness and educate communities about related risk is and closures.
Click here to see HABC PROPERTY SIGNS DURING COVID-1.
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR HABC RESIDENTS: The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) continues to closely monitor developments related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Resident safety and the safety of our employees remains of utmost importance to us. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through these challenges.
Click here for answers to some of the questions you may have.
April 9, 2020
- After receiving an outpouring of support from individuals, organizations and businesses to make food donations to residents in public housing communities during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) has established a donation system to ensure food and other necessities are delivered through the appropriate city agencies. Click here for more information.
- SHARING (DIAPERS) IS CARING: A new ShareBaby partnership as result of needed resources has been announced and continues over the next 60 days. ShareBaby, a Baltimore-area diaper bank, has partnered with the City of Baltimore. They’re distributing over half-a-million diapers to nearly 10,000 vulnerable young children across the City,! More information on this service can be found by calling ShareBaby at 667-212-3455
April 8, 2020
- MARYLAND LAUNCHES A “RUMOR CONTROL” website intended to keep residents informed and dispel rumors during the global pandemic. Visitors can submit a rumor to be answered, subscribe to updates to be notified when a rumor has been identified and dispelled, and receive links to trusted sources and their social media posts in real-time. Learn more by clicking here.
April 7, 2020
- RESIDENT RENT PAYMENT DURING COVID-19: Rent is still due during the COVID-19 pandemic.METHODS Please contact the Payment Vision/Fidelity Express Consumer Care Department at 1-800-621-8030 ext. 7030 before going out, to see which locations are open.
We have also listed additional rent payment methods for your convenience:
1. You can pay through Payment Vision/Fidelity Express without leaving your home, by paying online at www.payhabc.com; or
2. You can pay by phone at 1-410-989-5587 through Payment Vision/Fidelity Express; or
3. You can pay by signing up with HABC for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) which allows your rent payment to be deducted electronically from your bank account. The form to sign up for rent payments through EFT is attached. You can complete the form and place it in the enclosed envelope and then drop it off in the “door drop-box” at your Management Office.
HABC will waive the transaction fee normally imposed by Payment Vision/Fidelity Express for rent payments made after the 5th day of the month for all valid payments made during the month of April. If you are still charged the fee when you make the payment please contact your Management Office by phone to report this charge.
April 6, 2020
- Price gouging is Illegal, report It! Price gouging refers to sellers attempting to take unfair advantage of consumers during the COVID–19 emergency by excessively increasing prices for essential consumer goods and services. To file a complaint by mail, click here and follow the instructions for filing a General Complaint. If you have questions, please call our Consumer Hotline at 410-528-8662.
- CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. To learn more click here.
- HOLIDAY FOOD DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS DURING COVID-19: HABC
Meals on Wheels will not be available on April 5th, 10th, and 12th due to Holidays.
April 2, 2020
- As part of ongoing efforts to provide residents and families who are most in need of essential services during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) is providing free food services throughout its housing communities. HABC has partnered with the Maryland Food Bank, the City’s Department of Planning and other government partners to deliver the food. Click here to read more.
April 1, 2020
- GET COUNTED: Today is National Census Day. Take the CENSUS now and get counted. Click here.
- COORDINATED FOOD EFFORTS HELP HABC RESIDENTS TOO:
The City of Baltimore has established a website identifying COVID-19 responses and resources in Charm City. Have a large donation of supplies, food or want to lend a helping hand. Click here.
- REPORT PRICE GOUGING IN BALTIMORE CITY NOW:
If you or someone you know believes a store is price gouging in response to
the COVID-19 public health emergency, help us help you.
1) Photograph the product and price
2) Provide details (store name, location)
3) Call 410-528-8662, or email email@example.com
March 31, 2020
- Thank you for thinking of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) during COVID-19.
We are cross collaborating and coordinating efforts to serve in safe and smart ways. Large donations of supplies please call 3-1-1. Food supplies and volunteering click here.
About donations to HABC.
March 30, 2020
- EFFECTIVE MARCH 30th in the state of Maryland: There is a stay-at-home order in effect in Baltimore City. This order was issued to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Stay-at-home means that you and the members of our household must remain
in your home. You should only leave your house for essential errands. For more
information click here.
- All Staff Memo Extending Office Closing Click here to read.
March 27, 2020
- HABC INFORMS: There’s a lot of information out there about COVID-19. The FEMA has established a rumor control page. HABC is keeping you informed with facts and not fears during the world pandemic. Visit the FEMA website for rumor control by CLICKING HERE.
March 26, 2020
- GET THE LATEST UPDATES: The City of Baltimore has established a NEW website identifying COVID-19 resources in Charm City. A centralized location of the most up to date information can be found here.
March 25, 2020
- Senior Citizens have been identified as an at-risk population during the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Maryland has established a Senior Call Check-In program, which offers a daily call to check on residents at home. Find out more by calling 1- 866- 50-CHECK.
- Maryland school closures have been extended, through at least April 24th, 2020.
- NEW FROM THE CDC: The CDC has developed a Coronavirus self-checker! Individuals should continuously self-monitor for symptoms such as fever and cough or difficulty breathing and loss of taste or smell. If employees feel ill, they should stay home and notify their supervisor.
March 20, 2020
- The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to develop and we all are seeing greater restrictions in an effort to reduce the spread of the disease. Here at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC), we are working to meet our vendors and contractors needs while working within the CDC recommendations. To that end please note, HABC has closed its offices to the public, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 through at least Friday April 3, During this time, HABC staff will respond to voice mails and emails, though response times may be delayed we are doing everything within our purview to limit disruption. If you have questions please contact Steve.Suit@habc.org.
March 19, 2020
Due to the ongoing public health emergency, HABC has closed its offices to the public, effective Thursday March 19, 2020.
Through at least Friday April 3, HABC will be practicing social distancing and alternative work arrangements to ensure the health and safety of staff and residents. During this time, HABC staff will respond to voice mails and emails, though response times may be delayed. Your patience is appreciated as we seek to balance our work with everyone’s concerns about health and safety.
March 18, 2020
- Making sure all residents have access to food during this time is a priority for the city. Please click here for the official list of locations where grab-n-go meals are available, complete with time, meal and eligibility detail.
- MTA is updating its services due to COVID-19. Please click here to find out more.
- Neighborhood Task Force Meeting scheduled for today is CANCELED.
- The Public Safety Working Group meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 is CANCELED.
- The Annual Hiring Event & Skills Training Fair sponsored by ORS scheduled for April 21, 2020 is postponed until further notice.
- For the health and safety of the staff and families of the Dr. Emerson Julian Childcare Center, the center will be closed through Friday, April 3, 2020.
March 17, 2020
- Effective tomorrow at the close of business, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020, all employees regardless of essential status who can perform their work remotely must telework. This is our effort to promote social distancing and reduce the number of people in the office at anytime.
- Information will be available to ALL HABC STAFF via the following 3 methods:
2) Your Personal HABC email
3) Call (410) 396-3250
- The Transform Poe Community Meeting to announce the rankings is canceled. We are currently looking at a combined Housing and Neighborhood Task Force Meeting on 21 April 2020 to go into more detail on the rankings and next step
- PSO Relocation Training scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM has been canceled
- All scheduled Professional Development courses are postponed including the upcoming CPR and Trauma training.
March 16, 2020
- The Dr. Emerson Julian Childcare Center at Heritage Crossing (620 Fremont Avenue) will be closed on Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20th, 2020 for cleaning and sanitizing. It will reopen on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.
- Our House Early Head Start Center in Cherry Hill (2707 Sethlow Road) will be following Baltimore City school closure schedule, and will be closed from Monday, March 16 through March 27, 2020.
- The Benton Building located at 417 E. Fayette Street is closed to the public.
- All Office of Resident Services programs and program offices will be closed to the public Monday, March 16, 2020, through March 27, 2020.