Emergency rental assistance available for Wicomico County residents

WICOMICO CO., Md. – More than 200 families in Wicomico County will have the opportunity able to receive emergency rental assistance through Habitat for Humanity.

The non-profit recently received a federal grant from the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development. Applications are available online as well as in person at the Wicomico Civic Center on Thursday and Friday. Officials say this is geared towards people who are behind on rent after losing their job due to COVID-19.

“Everyone person’s situation is different. We’re already getting a lot of calls. People are in distress. They may have gotten laid off and then rehired and then someone gets sick and then they’re out of work again,” says Molly Hilligoss, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County.

Rental AssistanceUp to $3,600 is available for tenants who could not pay their rent for the months of May, June and/or July.

“Don’t let the application intimidate you. We are here to help. If you are behind on your rent due to COVID-19, loss of job, loss of hours, etc. and have found yourself behind in your rent, please apply. We will guide you through the process every step of the way,” says Hilligoss.

The in-person application process is happening at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center this Thursday and Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Interpreters will be available both days. Representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County and the Local Management Board will be available to assist with the application process.

More information, eligibility and applications will be provided in English, Spanish and French/Creole. Online applications are available at wicomicohabitat.org.


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