John P. McDonough, Secretary of State
A Housing Authority administers the rent subsidy
payments and housing assistance programs
for both eligible landlords and tenants. All which were in existence prior to July 1, 1990, are
filed with the Secretary of State. These existing Housing Authorities may choose to be
governed by Articles of Organization. Once the proper documentation has been filed, a
Certificate of Approval for the Articles is issued to the Authority.
Housing Authorities activated after July 1, 1990, cannot transact business or exercise powers
until the Secretary of State issues a Certificate of Approval for the Articles and a Certificate
of Organization. This process is based on a review of their Articles of Organization.
An Authority may amend or restate its Articles of Organization. Once the Secretary of State
determines that the required documentation and certification comply with the Housing
Authority Law, a Certificate of Approval is then issued.
In addition, the Secretary of State issues certified copies of the Articles of Organization and
any amendments for admission as evidence in a suit, action or proceeding.
Statutory Authority: Housing and Community Development Article, Titles 12 - 23.