MMHA and UWCM's Rental Connections Program Prevents 18 Families from Eviction

Posted By: Jessie Keller Member Outreach ,






The Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) and the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) successfully completed a four-month pilot program, Rental Connections, which prevented 18 families from eviction. Created by MMHA member companies A&G Management Company, Inc., Hendersen-Webb, Inc, Quest Management Group, LLC, Rachuba Management, and Regional Management Inc., along with United Way, Rental Connections pooled shared resources and expended nearly $7,500 to assist residents struggling to pay their rent.

MMHA members identified residents late on rent and referred them to United Way’s 211 helpline. United Way approved and qualified residents and granted emergency rental funds sent directly to the management companies.

“We all have an interest in keeping families in their homes,” said MMHA President Stephen Margerum. He added, “I applaud all stakeholders involved, and special kudos to United Way of Central Maryland, for coming together to help these 18 families in need.” 

Franklyn Baker, President and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, said, “United Way works every day to keep people in their homes and out of shelters—because the success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of our neighbors. We are proud to partner with the Maryland Multi-Housing Association on the Rental Connections program to assist families in urgent need of rental assistance.”   

“Leasing professionals made personal calls on a monthly basis to residents with unpaid rent and referred them to United Way’s 211 phoneline for help,” said Kathie Dzbinski, Director of Training and Leasing for A&G Management Company. “This program worked—our residents received the assistance they needed and now we will continue to refer future residents who are struggling to the 211 helpline,” Ms. Dzbinski added. 

MMHA and United Way are currently exploring additional partnership opportunities.

The Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) is a professional trade association that was established in 1996 with a membership consisting of owners and managers of more than 205,000 rental housing homes in almost 900 apartment communities. Our members house over 535,000 residents of the state of Maryland. In addition, MMHA represents almost 250 associate member companies who supply goods and services to the multi-housing industry

United Way of Central Maryland makes our communities stronger. We work directly with families and individuals to keep them in their homes and out of shelters, with kids who need help in school, and with people who need healthy food and jobs that pay the bills. We achieve all this with the help of our partners: volunteers, donors, other nonprofits and area businesses who share our passion for making lives and neighborhoods stable and healthier.