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Brief Housing Guide
MPDU (Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit) – Rockville Specific
The MPDU program in Rockville allows people that fall within a certain income range to rent apartments within Rockville for a discounted rate. The first step is to obtain an MPDU certificate by filling out the application and turning in supplemental documents such as pay stubs and tax returns to the Rockville office either in person or via fax. The certificate is then valid for 2 years and during this time you are able to rent an apartment at a great discount – For example, ALL 1 bedroom apartments cost $1,105 a month. Once the 2 years are up, you are welcome to reapply for the MPDU certificate as long as you still fall within the income range limits. In order to obtain an actual lease, you will still need to pay an application fee and meet credit score requirements.
Take Notice: Two unrelated people can apply for an MPDU together in which case you can split the price of the monthly rental fees. However, all of the people living in the apartment have to sign the lease.
MPDU (Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit) – Montgomery County
The MPDU program for Montgomery County (just as Rockville) allows you to rent an apartment at a discounted rate as long as you fall within a specified income range. However, for the Montgomery County MPDU, you have to apply for the MPDU discount directly to the apartment complex as opposed to sending an application to a specific office like in the Rockville MPDU program. In the Montgomery County program, you have to apply for the MPDU discount AND a lease at each apartment property. The MPDU discount is over once your lease is over at which time you will need to reapply for a lease if you still fall under the income requirements.
Take Notice: Apartments in the program don’t have a standardized price which means that in Chevy Chase a 1 bedroom apartment will cost $1,370 while in Clarksburg a 1 bedroom apartment will cost $1,181 a month.
MPDU Apartment Locations and Prices
They secure emergency shelter for single adults, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Assists families after regular business hours (5:00 p.m.–8:30 a.m. and weekends).
Location & Contact Information:
1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville
240-777-4000, TTY 240-777-4800
24 Hour Crisis Center
Public transportation is within no more than 10 minutes (in most cases 5 minutes or less) from all of the housing options provided above.
UMCP/USG Shuttle Service
To use this chartered bus service, you must be a UMCP student that is currently attending classes on USG or a UMCP faculty member that is currently teaching a class on the USG campus. All riders boarding buses, at either end of the route, will be required to display a USG photo ID or a UMCP photo ID that has a USG-provided holographic sticker on it. Fill in the application, below, to obtain a holographic sticker for your UMCP photo ID card.
UMCP/USG Shuttle Permission Form
Uber and Lyft
Uber and Lyft are both ride-sharing apps where you can get picked up and dropped off around different areas in the city. The apps are free to download and free to sign up for an account. We suggest making the pinpoint location be in our Lot 5 - Kiss and Ride (Visitor's parking lot) which is right next to Building III - 9636 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850.
Subsidized transportation program offered to the elderly, disabled, and low-income persons. You need to complete an application. You can contact them at 301-948-5409.
Call-n-Ride Online Ordering
Medicaid Transportation Program
Provides transportation to persons with disabilities who have Medical Assistance for the purposes of getting to and from medical appointments/doctors’ offices, and clinics. You can contact them at 240-777-5890.
Maryland Transportation Assistance