Eviction Prevention Support to Local Governments: $20 Million
Governor Larry Hogan announced the commitment of $30 million in new funding to prevent evictions and help Marylanders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Too many Marylanders have faced undue financial hardships during this unprecedented crisis, including the inability to pay their rent,” Hogan said.
“While our eviction moratorium has helped families remain in safe and stable housing through the pandemic, we are also maximizing federal resources to help as many renters as possible.”
This critical funding is available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On Wednesday, the governor announced the commitment of more than $45.6 million in education funding through the CARES Act for K-12 technology improvements, community college workforce development programs, rural broadband initiatives, and other priorities.
Since the governor declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 5, 20 percent of all residential rental units have fallen into delinquency.
While eviction moratoriums have provided time for federal stimulus funds and federal and state unemployment benefits to take effect, many Marylanders are still struggling to pay their rent.
As a result of increased demand for local rental assistance programs, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) intends to deploy $20 million in expected federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funding across all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland to help address eviction prevention needs.