Housing Services

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The Division of Housing and Community Development maintains comprehensive housing policies and programs that provide fair, affordable options in homeownership and rental opportunities. Housing programs administered by the City include inclusionary housing (MPDUs and WFHUs), closing cost and down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers  and deferred loans for homeowners and qualified tenants who wish to make their homes accessible and visitable for anyone with a disability. City residents seeking rental and utility assistance should contact the City’s Community Services Division.

Gaithersburg Resident Accessibility Services Program (GRASP)

The Gaithersburg Resident Accessibility and Stabilization Program, GRASP, provides 0% deferred loans for accessibility upgrades for qualified City of Gaithersburg residents to add modifications to their homes.

Homebuyer Assistance Loan Program

The Gaithersburg Assistance Loan Program (GHALP) provides closing cost and down payment assistance to eligible first-time homebuyers who purchase within the City of Gaithersburg corporate limits.

Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit Program

The City of Gaithersburg requires that new developments of 20 or more rental or purchase units, set aside 15% as moderately priced.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The goals of the CDBG Program are to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

The City of Gaithersburg is committed to ensuring fair housing for all. The City has prepared an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice to respond to the demographic and housing changes that have occurred in the City within the past decade.

Landlord-Tenant Affairs

In addition to providing information about the law, the Neighborhood Services Staff is charged with mediating landlord-tenant disputes relating to properties in the City.

Neighborhood Services

The Neighborhood Services Team is responsible for administering and enforcing a wide variety of City Codes regarding property maintenance, public nuisances, rental housing, landlord-tenant relations, vendors, and home-based businesses.

Rental Housing

All rental properties (including apartments and single-family dwellings) must be licensed every two years. Prior to issuing the final rental license, staff conducts a complete interior and exterior inspection to ensure the dwelling is safe and in compliance with all applicable housing codes.