County to of­fer more help to peo­ple fac­ing evic­tions af­ter mora­to­rium is lifted

The Dundalk Eagle - - REC COUNCIL NEWS -

Af­ter sig­nif­i­cant re­sponse from res­i­dents ap­ply­ing for as­sis­tance from Phase One of Bal­ti­more County’s Evic­tion Preven­tion Pro­gram, County Ex­ec­u­tive John Ol­szewski Jr. has al­lo­cated an ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion to sup­port res­i­dents who are strug­gling to pay their rent and other hous­ing-re­lated ex­penses as a re­sult of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

This new fund­ing will sup­ple­ment the County’s pre­vi­ous $1 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion to as­sist house­holds at risk of los­ing their cur­rent hous­ing when the state mora­to­rium on evic­tions is lifted.

In ad­di­tion, the County has al­lo­cated an ad­di­tional $2 mil­lion in Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Block Grant — Corona Virus (CDBGCV) funds for Phase Two of its evic­tion preven­tion ef­forts.

The County in June is­sued an RFP to en­ter into grant agree­ments with el­i­gi­ble com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tion to ad­dress home­less­ness and ex­pand evic­tion preven­tion ef­forts through sub­sis­tence pay­ments and se­cu­rity de­posits.

Phase Two will en­able part­ner­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions to tackle the is­sue of evic­tion preven­tion in a more com­pre­hen­sive man­ner and will fo­cus on the County res­i­dents im­pacted by the

COVID-19 cri­sis.

“Fam­i­lies across Bal­ti­more County are fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial chal­lenges as a re­sult of the pan­demic, and it’s crit­i­cal that we help as many of those fam­i­lies as we can,” Ol­szewski said. “These ad­di­tional funds will help more fam­i­lies avoid home­less­ness and pro­vide a bridge while they get back on their feet.

“We will con­tinue to iden­tify ways to pro­vide re­sources that help our fam­i­lies weather this storm.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for Phase One of the Evic­tion Preven­tion Pro­gram have closed.

The ad­di­tional fund­ing will en­able the County to pro­vide sup­port to more of the fam­i­lies who have al­ready ap­plied prior to the an­nounced dead­line. The County ex­pects that at least 800 house­holds will re­ceive as­sis­tance.

The orig­i­nal $1 mil­lion for this phase of the Evic­tion Preven­tion Pro­gram came from the County’s al­lo­ca­tion of fed­eral Coro­n­avirus Re­lief Funds and Emer­gency As­sis­tance to Fam­i­lies with Chil­dren through the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices.

The ad­di­tional funds will come from the County’s al­lo­ca­tion of fed­eral Coro­n­avirus Re­lief Funds.

In ad­di­tion to fi­nan­cial sup­port for res­i­dents, the

County has part­nered with the Mary­land Con­sumer Rights Coali­tion’s Fair Hous­ing Ac­tion Cen­ter (FHAC) to pro­vide the fol­low­ing ser­vices:

• Fi­nan­cial coach­ing and coun­sel­ing, in­clud­ing as­sis­tance ne­go­ti­at­ing with land­lords

• Re­fer­ral to sup­port­ive ser­vices, in­clud­ing le­gal as­sis­tance

• Renters’ tax credit ap­pli­ca­tions and as­sis­tance {span}The evic­tion preven­tion ini­tia­tive is the lat­est ef­fort by Bal­ti­more County to strengthen the safety net for fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing eco­nomic losses as a re­sult of the pan­demic.{/ span}

{span}Bal­ti­more County gov­ern­ment and Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools have pro­vided more than three mil­lion meals for County res­i­dents. In­for­ma­tion about food re­sources is avail­able at {/span}www. Bal­ti­more­Coun­ FoodHelp{span}. {/span}

{span}For more in­for­ma­tion about these ini­tia­tives and other ef­forts to re­spond to the pan­demic, visit {/span}www.Bal­ti­more­Coun­ Coro­n­avirus{span}.{/ span}

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