Charles County

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Fast Facts:
  • Charles was home to 166,617 people and 59,107 households in 2020. Since 2010, the county has added an average of 800 households and 700 housing units per year.
  • Twenty-three percent of households were renters and 50 percent of renters had unaffordable housing costs.
  • Charles County has not adopted the 2030 COG housing targets nor established any local targets.
  • Charles County did not meet the annual production target of 1,320 units in 2020 or 2021, a total of 1,204 units were built in 2020 and 2021.
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Policy Status

Solving the region's affordable housing crisis requires a portfolio of policies to preserve existing affordable housing, produce more housing, and protect people from discrimination and displacement.


Right of First Refusal

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Preservation Inventory

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Rental Assistance Demonstration

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Inclusionary Housing

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Housing Trust Fund

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Tax or Fee Exemptions

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Public Land

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Affordable Housing in TOD Priority

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Affordable Housing Priority

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Prevention of Displacement Priority

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Homebuyer Assistance

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Emergency Rental Assistance

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Housing First

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Local Tenant Vouchers

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Affordable Housing in All Neighborhoods

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Housing Outcomes

Local jurisdictions submitted data to enable the region to track housing production, preservation, and rental affordability.

Structural Racism

Discriminatory actions and racist public policies have produced inequitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the Washington region, including lower incomes and wealth, lower homeownership rates, and higher rates of housing cost burden.

Housing Context

Understanding how household incomes relate to the supply of affordable rental and homeownership units will inform jurisdictions' efforts to meet the current and future housing needs of residents.

Elected Officials

  1. Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq

    Commissioner President

  2. Ralph E. Patterson, II, M.A.

    Commissioner Vice President, District 4

  3. Gilbert O. Bowling, III

    County Commissioner, District 1

  4. Thomasina O. Coates

    County Commissioners, District 2

  5. Amanda M. Stewart

    Commissioner, District 3

Equity Officer

  1. Renesha Miles

    Chief Equity Officer

Housing Officials

  1. Lisa Furlow

    Chief of Aging and Human Services

  2. Rita Wood

    Chief of Housing Authority