County looking to secure funding to help families facing evictions
WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – In Worcester County, commissioners are working to help residents in the area stay in their homes as some face possible evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, the commissioners gave the go ahead for Worcester County to apply for funding in order to provide families up to six months of rental assistance. The county is looking to secure a little more than $330,000 which could potentially help about 70 families. Commissioner Chip Bertino tells 47 ABC that they’d be working with the non-profit Diakonia who’s already been dealing with families asking for some sort of assistance. And he says it’s critical that the county does what it can to help those who need it most.
“This was a catastrophe not of their making and we need to ensure as best as we possibly can that our residents are taken care of so they don’t lose their housing,” said Bertino.
The county will be applying for funding from the Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership which will be providing $16 million worth of grants to counties across the state. The deadline for counties to apply will be Friday, October 2nd.