Evic­tion Pre­ven­tion Sup­port to Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments: $20 Mil­lion

The Dundalk Eagle - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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