FAQs

 

The following provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Main Street. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please complete our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

General Information

What is Main Street?
Main Street is an inclusive, community-centered residential development in which 25% of the apartments are designated for adults with disabilities. 75% of the apartments in the Main Street building, including all of those designated for people with disabilities, will be affordable, which means they will rent for well below market rates.

The ground floor of Main Street will be a 10,000-square-foot community center with a wellness center, teaching kitchen, multimedia room, cyber lounge and classroom. In this space, Main Street will offer a wide range of educational, recreational and therapeutic activities for residents and for non-residents who join as members.

At the front of the Main Street building, there will be a coffee shop, open to the public, that will employ people with and without disabilities.

When will Main Street open?
The building is currently under construction and will open in mid-2020.

Where will Main Street be located?
Main Street will be located at 50 Monroe Place in Rockville, Maryland – 500 feet from the Rockville Metro station and bus transportation and near all the amenities of Rockville Town Center including restaurants, shops, a theater, a library, free events in Rockville Town Square and more.

What kind of supports will be available for residents?
Main Street will not be an approved service provider through the State of Maryland. We will have staff who may be hired to assist residents with certain tasks on a fee-for-service basis. Assistance may include ensuring that a resident gets up for work on time, providing medication reminders, encouraging participation in community activities, etc. Residents needing additional services or health care may bring their supports with them to Main Street.

Main Street Apartments

How many apartments will Main Street have?
Main Street will have 70 apartments including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units; 17 of the apartments will be designated for adults with disabilities.

Will units at Main Street be for sale or for rent?
All the units at Main Street will be rentals.

Will the apartments have washers and dryers?
Yes, all of the apartments at Main Street will have washers and dryers.

Applying to Live at Main Street

How do I apply to live at Main Street?
We have not yet determined the specific criteria that residents will need to meet or started accepting applications. We do expect that there will be high demand for the apartments. When we are ready to accept applications, they will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are not able to live at Main Street may participate in the dynamic programming at Main Street by being a member. When we are ready to accept applications, we will publicize this in our monthly e-newsletter and on Facebook.

What regulations will Main Street follow  when renting the affordable units in the building?

Main Street received Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from the State of Maryland to cover a significant amount of capital expenses and, therefore, we must comply with the LIHTC guidelines when renting apartments. The guidelines are part of IRS tax law. The LIHTC guidelines are not the same as guidelines for Moderately-Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) in Montgomery County. Additionally Main Street will follow the Fair Housing Act.

Will Main Street members receive priority to rent an apartment at Main Street?
No. About 75% of Main Street apartments will be affordable thanks to the low income housing tax credits granted to the project by the State of Maryland. The regulations governing those tax credits, in addition to fair housing laws, do not allow for Main Street members to receive priority in the selection of apartments.

May one person apply to live in a two-bedroom unit by him or herself?

Yes. The only question is if their income is sufficient to qualify for that rent.

May a person apply as an individual to rent an affordable two or three-bedroom apartment and have Main Street help them find a roommate?

Main Street will not be responsible for finding roommates for residents. We do have an e-mail list available to enable members to connect with one another and this may be used by those looking for roommates. To subscribe, send an e-mail to mainstreetmemberconnect-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You will receive an e-mail from Yahoo asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe. Follow the instructions in the e-mail to confirm your request. Main Street will then approve your request and, once approved, you may contact those on the list by sending an e-mail to MainStreetMemberConnect@yahoogroups.com.

In the affordable units at Main Street, all household members must be qualified through the full application process. So, applicants should apply together if they are going to move in together.  While it is possible for a new roommate to apply to join an existing household, it’s much more complicated than just having them apply together in the first place.

Is it possible to split leases / have multiple leases for one of Main Street’s affordable units?

No. Each unit will have one lease.

When determining income limits for affordable units, do you count the income of all residents in the unit?

Yes. All residents of the unit will be considered part of the household, no matter their relationship to each other, and their income would be counted toward the household income limit. The exception would be a live-in support person (called a “Live In Care Provider” or “LICP” in tax credits), which is considered a reasonable accommodation of disability status in all affordable programs. Income levels of LICPs are not counted toward household income limit for the unit. It is possible but more complicated for the LICP to be a family member. For any LICP, we always have to be able to document a) the resident meets the definition of disability and b) the resident needs a LICP.  But if the LICP is a family member, we also have to be able to document: 1) the relative would not live with the resident if not for the disability (usually discounts spouses), and 2) the LICP is not financially supporting the resident (often discounts parents of young residents and the adult children of elderly residents).

Is it possible to sublet an affordable unit at Main Street?

No.

Getting Involved with Main Street

How can I stay updated on the progress of Main Street?
The best way to stay updated on Main Street is to become a member. Members receive all of our communications and are invited to member events such as baseball games, bowling, picnics, pool parties, yoga classes, educational workshops and professional networking events. We are able to waive the membership fee in cases of financial need.

If you are not ready to become a member, you can get Main Street news by joining our e-mail list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

How can I support Main Street?
Please visit our Join Us page to learn ways to get involved and to support the Main Street movement!

Starting a Community Like Main Street

How can I get information about starting a community like Main Street in another location? 
We want the Main Street model to spread far and wide and are happy to provide guidance to those who wish to start a similar community in another location. On May 1, 2019, Main Street hosted a webinar on “The Development of Main Street: Ideas for Those Who Want to Start an Inclusive Housing Community”. In the webinar, Main Street Founder Jillian Copeland and Scott Copeland of RST Development addressed the steps taken to create Main Street and ideas for replication in other areas. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.  Additional requests for information and guidance may be sent through our Contact page