DHCD Opens $16 Million in Eviction Prevention Grants to Jurisdictions

Today, Governor Hogan and the the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced that they are opening the application period for $16 million in Eviction Prevention Partnership grants to support local rental assistance programs.

Maryland’s counties, and Baltimore City can now submit their applications for a portion of $16 million in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to help local programs with eviction prevention. In the first wave of funding, DHCD released $2.2 million to eight counties. The grants are part of a larger $20 million partnership with local jurisdictions.

“Maryland was one of the first states in the nation to implement a moratorium on evictions for tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have backed that up with targeted relief programs,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will help ensure more of our citizens can remain safe and secure in their homes.”

From the press release:

Partnership Guidelines:

  • Eligible applicants are anticipated to be all Maryland counties and Baltimore City.
  • Recipients of rental assistance may not exceed 80% Area Median Income.
  • Recipients must demonstrate job loss or reduction in work hours due to COVID-19.
  • There may be additional local eligibility requirements. Renters should contact their local rental assistance administrators for current information.

Applications are due October 2. For questions on how to apply to DHCD, local jurisdictions can email dhcd.rentalinfo@maryland.gov

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