Cecil Whig:

Legislators hope to entice developers, combat homelessness

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland legislators are considering how to entice private developers to build more homes for low-income families as affordable housing in Maryland becomes increasingly difficult to find, and lawmakers worry about unaccompanied youth left without stable shelter.

The General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness is taking steps toward crafting a bill that would provide financial benefits to for-profit and nonprofit developers for building affordable housing units, according to Delegate Mary Washington, D-Baltimore.

“Consistently, we are hearing that one of the barriers around housing and stability is the high price of housing,” Washington, one of the committee chairs, said last week. “So we want to incentivize people to build affordable housing.”