Today, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced $48.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding, including rental assistance, will be included in Montgomery’s Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget.
Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Montgomery will be receiving $34 million in Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) 2 funds from the United States Department of the Treasury, $7.7 million for Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar (Latino Health Initiative) and the African American Health Program (AAHP), and $6.8 million toward food security efforts. County Executive Elrich expressed thanks for the federal funding in a press release:
“By most measures, Montgomery County has performed among the best in the nation in dealing with this pandemic, and we have done it with a focus on equity,” said County Executive Elrich. “As we approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful to live among neighbors who are compassionate and respect science, work with County Government colleagues who care, and are represented by Congressional and State delegation members who are working nonstop supporting our community. The American Rescue Plan has been crucial to providing desperately needed help to our communities. Montgomery County is grateful and appreciative to Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Representatives Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes and David Trone for their diligence to provide these funds.”
To date, Montgomery has received $58 million Emergency Rental Assistance funds, and its COVID Rent Relief Program has distributed more than $54 million in direct rental assistance, preventing more than 8,000 households from evictions.
At this year’s MACo Winter Conference, human services leaders from across the state will gather to discuss the implementation and current status of, as well as lessons learned from, Maryland’s emergency rental assistance program during the affiliate session “Staying Home: A Collaborative Approach to Rental Assistance.”
The 2021 MACo Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” will be held on December 8-10, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.
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