About Us

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Our Values

We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people and prioritize the needs of marginalized communities through our focus on collaboration and coalition efforts. We value a data-driven, strategic, and innovative approach to justice that empowers people.


Economic Action Maryland champions economic rights, equal opportunity, and housing justice through advocacy, research, and direct service.


Economic Action Maryland envisions an inclusive and just economy in which all Marylanders’ basic needs are met and historical injustices are healed.

Who We Are

Founded in 2000, Economic Action Maryland (formerly MCRC: Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition) is a leading force for economic justice. We are a multi-racial, people-centered movement to expand economic rights, housing justice, and community reinvestment for working families, low-income communities, and communities of color.

Working at the local, state, and federal level, Economic Action Maryland unites individual advocates, poverty, civil rights, labor, and other public interest groups to press for policies that protect vulnerable Marylanders. Economic Action Maryland led successful statewide advocacy campaigns to pass the strongest medical debt protections in the country, first-in-the-nation legislation to regulate for-profit colleges, innovative reforms to make auto insurance more affordable, and more. Our ground-breaking research on debt settlement, debt collection policies and practices, and an analysis of for-profit colleges operating in Maryland use data and stories to drive home the need for systemic reform.

Over the last 20 years, Economic Action Maryland has assisted thousands of Marylanders through our Securing Older Adult Resources (SOAR) program, Fair Housing, and Tenant Advocacy programs. We’ve kept our clients housed by preventing tax sales, saved our clients thousands of dollars in earned benefits, and empowered homeowners and renters faced with discrimination.

Economic Action Maryland provides direct assistance today while passing legislation and regulations to create systemic change in the future.