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

Posted at 2:05 PM, Jul 24, 2020

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — On Friday, Governor Larry Hogan's administration opened up enrollment to an Assisted Housing Relief Program.

It provides a four-month rebate voucher for renters living in state-financed properties.

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

Meanwhile, that leaves landlords and rental companies with lost income as well.

“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 Marylanders weather this storm, get back on their feet, and recover.”

If eligible, payments would be made directly to property management companies, which in-turn would eliminate the tenants debt and threat of eviction.

Funds would come from the state or federal government using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, where rental rates are already significantly discounted.

To qualify, applicants will need to prove that COVID-19 caused them to miss payment.

All eligible properties can submit one application per property here.