Housing & Neighborhood Stabilization
Why is it important?
Safe and Stable Housing: While only about a third of households in Maryland and the U.S. rent their housing, nearly 4 of every 5 households in Langley Park are renters. Problems like vermin, lead poisoning hazards, peeling paint and plaster, failing heating and plumbing systems, broken windows, and problems with mold and moisture are routinely reported in Langley Park rental housing. Further, many families struggle to pay for their housing because 55% of Langley Park households use more than 30 percent of their income to pay housing costs. When there are these types of immediate threats to having a stable home, many children and families will have difficulty focusing on long-term goals that are years away, such as preparing for success in college and career.
Community and Economic Development: The overall child poverty rate in Langley Park (23%) is more than twice the rate in the State of Maryland, and many youth have everyday contact with gangs and violence. Over 80% of Langley Park residents over the age of 5 speak a language other than English at home, as compared to 16% in MD, and 20% nationally. Moreover, 57% of Langley Park adults (25 years and over) have less than a 9th grade education. As a result, access to jobs that pay a viable living wage is an obstacle for many Langley Park families with limited levels of education and English proficiency.