Howard Announces Second Round of Rent Relief Funding

Last Friday, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced a second round of "HoCo RISE" rental assistance funding, with an additional $800,000 in CARES Act funds to support residents struggling to pay rent because of the pandemic. Beginning on Oct. 5, Howard County residents can apply for up to three months of assistance to pay past due rent. The additional $800,000 of funding available will add to the already disbursed nearly $1.6 million granted in round…

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DHCD Announces FY 2021 Application Round for State Revitalization Programs

Funding Available from Community Legacy, the Strategic Demolition Fund-Statewide and Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is announcing the Fiscal Year 2021 application round for three State Revitalization Programs –  Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide (all non-Baltimore City) and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative. These programs offer funding to support local housing, community and economic development, and other revitalization projects. They are part of the department’s…

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Frederick, Baltimore City Brief Committee on Effects of COVID-19 on Renters, Local Assistance Programs

Frederick and Baltimore City housing officials briefed the House Environment and Transportation Committee on the housing-related impacts of COVID-19 and actions taken locally to help residents in need.  The Wednesday morning briefing focused on the end of CARES Act Covid-19 eviction protections and the effects on renters and property owners. In addition to the local jurisdictions, the committee heard from the District Court of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Committee…

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Montgomery Launches $20 Million COVID Rent Relief Program

Today, Montgomery County officials launched the second phase of the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program with an additional $20 million. The program will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide financial assistance to qualifying residents. In the first phase, the County awarded $1 million, and the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has maintained an active waitlist while streamlining the process for those requesting assistance. From the press release: Eligible renters must certify that…

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DHCD Opens $16 Million in Eviction Prevention Grants to Jurisdictions

Today, Governor Hogan and the the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced that they are opening the application period for $16 million in Eviction Prevention Partnership grants to support local rental assistance programs. Maryland's counties, and Baltimore City can now submit their applications for a portion of $16 million in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to help local programs with eviction prevention. In the first wave of funding, DHCD released $2.2…

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Howard Grants Maryland Legal Aid $60k to Support Residents Facing Eviction

Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced that the County is providing $60,000 to Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) to assist residents facing eviction and other legal challenges as a result of the pandemic. Many Marylanders are facing evictions due to financial challenges presented by the financial crisis resulting from the pandemic. Following an end to the state eviction moratorium, and with advocates suggesting there are loopholes in the newly issued federal moratorium, many are concerned…

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City to Launch $30 Million Eviction Prevention Program

The new Eviction Prevention Program builds on Baltimore City’s Temporary Rent Support Program to help tenants in need of assistance because of the coronavirus pandemic.  According to City officials, the percentage of residents behind in rent tripled from March to June of this year. The $30 million program will offer qualifying residents financial, relocation, and legal assistance. From WJZ: Baltimore residents can qualify if they have a household income of 50 percent or less of…

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Speaker Jones Calls on Hogan for More Rent Relief, Stronger Tenant Protections

Dozens of state delegates joined House Speaker Adrienne Jones in a letter to Governor Larry Hogan demanding additional rent relief funding and funding for a tenant legal protections -- a call echoed by Attorney General Brian Frosh.  The letter comes at a time where concerns continue to mount about the impacts the coronavirus pandemic is having on renters at risk for eviction. Fox 45 News reports: The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates 13% of…

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Howard’s Roving Radish Program Opens First Storefront

Howard County's successful Roving Radish recently opened its first storefront in Columbia. The award-winning program provides affordable, locally sourced meal kits to residents while supporting local farms. From Howard County's website: Roving Radish, an award-winning Howard County program that provides healthy meal kits sourced from local farms, has opened its first storefront in Long Reach Village Center. The 4,142 square foot space will have a storefront offering fresh meat, dairy, eggs, and milk from local…

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AT&T to Host Universal Broadband Policy Event

AT&T, a MACo Platinum Corporate Partner, is hosting a virtual policy event on Tuesday, September 1, on the importance of universal broadband for an inclusive digital economy. Event Details: “Universal Broadband: Essential for an Inclusive Digital Economy” Virtual Policy Event Date/Time: September 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm EDT Event Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified connectivity issues in unserved areas. Currently, 18 million Americans cannot get broadband service at home, however, there continues to be…

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