Speaker Jones Calls on Hogan for More Rent Relief, Stronger Tenant Protections

Dozens of state delegates joined House Speaker Adrienne Jones in a letter to Governor Larry Hogan demanding additional rent relief funding and funding for a tenant legal protections — a call echoed by Attorney General Brian Frosh. 

The letter comes at a time where concerns continue to mount about the impacts the coronavirus pandemic is having on renters at risk for eviction.

Fox 45 News reports:

The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates 13% of the 223,000 Marylanders in need will be covered by the $30 million Hogan already set aside. Jones said it would cost an estimated $238 million to cover everyone.

Jones also asked Hogan for free legal assistance to be available for people in need, which would “help level the playing field of justice and allow vulnerable Marylanders an opportunity to remain in their homes.”

Attorney General Brian Frosh also asked Gov. Hogan Tuesday to help with legal aid for people facing rental and debt concerns. Frosh’s request comes in a multi-pronged approach as well; asking for $8 million in expected settlement funding recovered by the Office of Attorney General to be used for civil legal aid related to temporary rental assistance.

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MD House Speaker Jones asks Hogan to stop evictions during COVID-19 (Fox 45 News)