Ho­gan launches open en­roll­ment for As­sisted Hous­ing Re­lief Pro­gram

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan an­nounced an open en­roll­ment for the Mary­land Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment’s (DHCD) As­sisted Hous­ing Re­lief Pro­gram, which will pro­vide a four-month rent re­bate voucher for renters liv­ing in DHCD-fi­nanced prop­er­ties who have been af fected by the COVID-19 pan­demic.

“One of the first ac­tions I took in re­sponse to this un­prece­dented cri­sis was pro­hibit­ing the evic­tion of ten­ants af­fected by the pan­demic dur­ing the state of emer­gency,” said Gov­er­nor Ho­gan.

“Our ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing we can to help Mar ylan­ders weather this storm, get back on their feet, and re­cover.”

The As­sisted Hous­ing Re­lief Pro­gram is in­tended to help bring rental delin­quen­cies cur­rent and pro­vide real re­lief for ten­ants through di­rect pay­ments to their el­i­gi­ble prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany.

Ten­ants in el­i­gi­ble prop­er­ties will be cred­ited a four-month rent re­bate paid di­rectly to the prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany, which will elim­i­nate their rental debt and the threat of evic­tion.

The pro­gram will in­clude rental units in mul­ti­fam­ily projects fi­nanced by DHCD’s Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion us­ing state funds or fed­eral re­sources, such as the Low-In­come Hous­ing Tax Credit pro­gram, where the unit rent is con­trolled.

El­i­gi­ble ap­pli­cants will be ten­ants who can cer­tify that the cause of their rent delin­quency is COVID-19 re­lated and will be col­lected and con­sol­i­dated by prop­erty man­agers and sub­mit­ted to DHCD.

In ad­di­tion to the As­sisted Hous­ing Re­lief Pro­gram, DHCD is de­ploy­ing fed­eral Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Block Grant (CDBG) fund­ing across all 24 lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions in Mary­land to pre­vent evic­tions.

The first round of pro­gram fund­ing is cur­rently be­ing de­ployed to lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions, which will ad­min­is­ter the funds to lo­cal res­i­dents. Land­lords and ten­ants should con­tact their lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tion for more in­for­ma­tion, or email

DHCD cus­tomer ser vice at cus­tom­erser­vice.dhcd@mary­land. gov.

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