Maryland offering more eviction protection grants

Posted at 11:18 AM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 11:18:03-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — On Wednesday, Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions can begin applying for $16 million in state Eviction Prevention Partnership grants.

“Maryland was one of the first states in the nation to implement a moratorium on evictions for tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have backed that up with targeted relief programs,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “These grants will help ensure more of our citizens can remain safe and secure in their homes.”

Funding is through the federal Community Development Block Grant.

Applications are due October 2.

Here's what jurisdictions will have to evaluate when dispersing grants.

  • Eligible applicants are anticipated to be all Maryland counties and Baltimore City.
  • Recipients of rental assistance may not exceed 80% Area Median Income.
  • Recipients must demonstrate job loss or reduction in work hours due to COVID-19.
  • There may be additional local eligibility requirements. Renters should contact their local rental assistance administrators for current information.

This latest program comes after Hogan opened up enrollment to an Assisted Housing Relief Program in July, which provides a four-month rebate voucher for renters living in state-financed properties.

RELATED: Hogan administration looking to keep renters out of debt with relief program

While a statewide moratorium on evictions remains in effect, some renters still fear they will be in debt and months behind on bills when the state of emergency ends.