Baltimore County Partners with United Way of Central Maryland to Prevent Evictions

Baltimore County and United Way of Central Maryland have partnered to help prevent evictions in vulnerable communities through the Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention (STEP) pilot program. The STEP Program is a first-of-its-kind effort in Maryland, providing $4M in rental assistance to just over 900 households across Baltimore County. From the Baltimore County news release: “We are doing all we can to promote housing stability and support families who are struggling with their rent, which is…

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MACo Requests Reasonable Flexibility for Short-Term Lease Notice Requirements

MACo Policy Associate Drew Jabin testified in support of SB 544 Charter and Code Home Rule Counties - County Property Leases - Notice Exemptions before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. This bill enables charter and code home rule counties to enter into leases without giving notice if the lease is not renewable and has a term of five years or less. From the MACo Testimony: The central tenet of the bill is sound…

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Eviction Bill Could Further Burden Sheriffs

MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson today testified before the House Judiciary Committee to support HB 1312 COVID-19  Eviction and Housing Relief Act of 2021 with amendments. This bill's goal is to prevent large groups of tenants from being evicted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. From the MACo Testimony: MACo’s position on this bill is in two parts – recognizing its far reach. Components of the bill supporting local efforts to stem the effects of eviction…

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Howard County Receives $9.7M Grant from U.S. Treasury for Rental Assistance

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced that a $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Treasury will be used to assist with rent and utility costs for county residents suffering from pandemic-related hardship. The funds will be a welcome source of relief for residents who have suffered loss of income, reduction in hours, or medical illness due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant can be used to pay up to nine month of past due rent…

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MD General Assembly Posts Pre-Filed Bill List

The Maryland General Assembly Senate and House pre-filed bill lists are now available on the General Assembly website. Although the list of pre-file bills are available, there is no bill text at this time. Currently, readers are able to view the bill title, sponsor, and committee assignment. As of today, there are 780 total House and Senate pre-filed bills and resolutions listed on the website. This will be updated to reflect updates on the General…

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Howard Announces $500K in Energy Assistance for Vulnerable Residents

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced $500,000 in CARES Act funding will be awarded to Howard County residents in need of energy assistance through the Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC). Nearly 1,500 families who have applied to the CAC for electric or oil energy assistance will benefit from this grant. Each year, CAC provides over $2.5 million in financial assistance to residents who are deemed eligible. This grant is in addition to…

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HUD Awards $2.5 Million Prestigious Grant to Howard for Affordable Housing

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a grant of $2.47 million to Patuxent Commons, a housing development that will provide housing for people with disabilities in an inclusive community setting. The Patuxent Commons project is one of only eight projects across the country to be awarded a capital advance grant through HUD's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program. The Howard County Department of Housing and Community…

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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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