Staying Home at #MACoCon: A Collaborative Approach to Rental Assistance

Maryland’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) has been subject to great scrutiny as numerous renters have claimed either slow application processing or altogether denied applications. 

At this year’s MACO Winter Conference, state and county officials will discuss the ERAP rollout, specifically focusing on what caused the issues many renters have faced and what has been, or will be, done to ensure these issues are addressed.

Staying Home: A Collaborative Approach to Rental Assistance

Description: Employment instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in many Marylanders falling behind on rent. The State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)was thought to be the perfect tool to prevent evictions, but many renters and landlords encountered delays in eligibility determinations and payments. Join local human services officials as they discuss difficulties with, and lessons learned from, ERAP implementation. 


  • Terry Hickey, Director, Baltimore County Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Nancy Shockley, Director, Dorchester County Community Partnership for Children & Families
  • Danielle Meister, Senior Policy Officer, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Ryan Trout, Housing Program Manager, Frederick County Department of Housing and Community Development 

Moderator: The Honorable Sharon Green Middleton, Council Member, Baltimore City 

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 8, 2021; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 

The 2021 MACo Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD from December 8-10.

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