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…

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Frederick Announces $425k Grant Awards for Community Nonprofits

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced $425,000 in one-time grant awards to help two nonprofit community projects. Funds will support construction of an emergency family shelter, a project of the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs as well as support the development of a heritage center being established by the African American Resources - Cultural and Heritage Society of Frederick. From the County press release: “Frederick County is a caring community, committed to making life…

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Calvert Dedicates CARES Funds to Rental & Mortgage Assistance

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners this week approved $300,000 in funding to provide low-barrier aid to help tenants and homeowners avoid eviction and foreclosure. The Department of Community Resources will oversee the relief fund. The program uses available funds received through the Maryland Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. According to a County press release: Households must apply for aid before Dec. 15, 2020 to receive…

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Charles Dedicates $500k for Rent Relief

The Board of Charles County Commissioners is providing $500,000 to assist residents facing evictions. Many Maryland residents are struggling to make rent payments due to the COVID-19 crisis. Charles County is providing $500,000 to the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee for distribution to families in need. County residents are eligible for rent relief if they have experienced job loss, or a reduction in work hours. Useful Links: Press Release Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action…

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Feds Grant $100k to Help Low-Income Families With Home Repairs in Anne Arundel, Charles

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a total of $100,000 in Anne Arundel and Charles Counties to assist low-income families with home repairs. Today, members of Maryland's congressional delegation announced that Rebuilding Together in Anne Arundel County and the Charles County Commissioners will both receive $50,000 in the form of grants and low-interest loans. Funding comes from USDA's Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program that provides financial support to state and local governments…

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State: CARES Deadline Approaching, Have a Plan, Look to PPE

The State Secretaries of Budget and Health issued a letter to county leaders - noting the approaching federal deadline for the use of coronavirus relief funds under the CARES Act, and suggesting steps toward ensuring compliance and promoting service to Marylanders. State Budget Secretary David Brinkley and Health Secretary Robert Neall, whose agencies have been cooperativelyoverseeing the CARES funding program through 2020, have issued direction to counties in the waning weeks of the year -…

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County Ballot Questions: Here’s What We Know

Across Maryland, voters considered a number of ballot questions concerning county governance and structure. Here, Conduit Street provides the latest results for each county-specific ballot question. Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties did not present voters with any county-specific ballot questions. Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of Thursday, November 5,…

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Prince George’s Relaunches Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today is relaunching the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which will offer relief to landlords on behalf of renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The relaunch of our Emergency Rental Assistance Program will support Prince Georgians who continue to experience financial difficulties due to the pandemic,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “We will continue to do everything we can…

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MD Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $800k for Housing Counseling Services

Members of Maryland's congressional delegation have announced $793,828 to expand housing-related counseling. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development FY2020 Supplemental Housing Counseling Grant Program and will be used for housing-related counseling, including financial literacy, property maintenance and fiscal management services. From the press release: "The pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have created significant financial hardship for many across our state. This latest federal funding effort will help strengthen…

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Frederick Expands COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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…

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