Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the county will dedicate an additional $3 million in funds to aid eviction prevention and other housing efforts.
The funds will come from the County’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds and will supplement the original $1 million previously allocated. The County anticipates that the additional resources will aid at least 800 families struggling to retain their housing.
“Families across Baltimore County are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the pandemic, and it’s critical that we help as many of those families as we can. These additional funds will help more families avoid homelessness and provide a bridge while they get back on their feet,” Olszewski said. “We will continue to identify ways to provide resources that help our families weather this storm.”
From the press release:
The County in June issued an RFP to enter into grant agreements with eligible community-based organizations to address homelessness and expand eviction prevention efforts through subsistence payments and security deposits.
In addition to financial support for residents, the County has partnered with the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) to provide the following services:
- Financial coaching and counseling, including assistance negotiating with landlords
- Referral to supportive services, including legal assistance
- Renters’ tax credit applications and assistance
Read the full press release for more information.