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$405M in federal COVID-19 funding released to Marylanders struggling to pay rent

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 10:58:13-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — On Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced that a total of $402 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding has been distributed to Maryland to provide assistance for individuals and families struggling to pay their rent due to the pandemic.

A total of $258.1 million was provided to the state this week, which will be administered through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and an additional $143 million was release directly to eight jurisdictions with populations over 200,000.

Those jurisdictions include:

  • Anne Arundel County
  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Frederick County
  • Harford County
  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George’s County

As the state awaits regulatory guidance from the federal government regarding how the funds can be deployed to help Marylanders in need, the governor directed DHCD Secretary Ken Holt to reach out to leaders in the Maryland General Assembly to form a bipartisan advisory group to provide input and guidance on the state’s plan.

“We continue to back one of the strongest eviction moratoriums in the country with direct relief for rental payments, legal services, and affordable housing,” said Governor Hogan. “We look forward to working with legislative leaders to determine the best way to utilize these resources for Marylanders in need.”