State Announces $19 Million in Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants to Counties

Governor Larry Hogan announced today that 17 local jurisdictions will receive a total of $19.3 million to help struggling families retain their housing during the pandemic.

Funds come from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and are awarded to counties through the Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership. The awards will supplement existing resources, and allow counties to help more than 3,600 households through rental assistance programs.

“Maryland has continued to be a national leader in our COVID-19 response, which is why we have responded aggressively with targeted rental relief funding,” said Governor Hogan. “These grants will help ensure our citizens can remain safe and secure in their homes as we continue to respond to this global pandemic.”

From the Governor’s press release:

Assisted Housing Relief Program. In addition to this partnership with local governments, Governor Hogan also launched the Assisted Housing Relief Program, an eviction prevention program intended to help bring rental delinquencies current and provide real relief for tenants through direct payments to their eligible property management company. Tenants in eligible properties will be credited rent rebates paid directly to the property management company, which will eliminate their rental debt and the threat of eviction.

The program serves rental units in multifamily projects financed by DHCD’s Community Development Administration using state funds or federal resources, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program where the unit rent is controlled. Learn more about the program here.

To date, the program has awarded more than $8 million and made more than 4,500 rental payments for Maryland’s working families.

Useful Links:

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