Frederick Expands COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner (photo courtesy of Frederick County Government)

A program to provide rental assistance to Frederick County residents affected by COVID-19 has extended the amount of time a household can receive aid and expanded eligibility to people who have regained employment, County Executive Jan Gardner announced today. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a partnership between Frederick County, the City of Frederick, and the nonprofit Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs.

“We know there is a real need for additional support so renters can remain in their homes,” County Executive Gardner said. “Our goal is to prevent evictions. By revising the program, we hope to remove as many obstacles as possible so we can help more people.”

According to a County press release:

Changes to the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program include the authorization of assistance beyond three months and authorization for months when the renter had no income, starting in April. In addition, income verifications no longer need to be notarized.

To apply, visit www.RCEHN.org/covid-emergency-rental-assistance. For those without internet access, call 301-631-2670 ext. 127 for information on how to apply. Spanish speakers may call 301-631-2670 ext. 128. If a financial hardship is not COVID-related, renters may contact the Religious Coalition regarding non-COVID rental assistance.

Read the full press release for more information.

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