Governor Hogan announces $19.3 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan announced on Monday that 17 Maryland local jurisdictions have been awarded $19.3 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants.
Officials say these grants will address the needs of more than 3,600 households across the state. Through the Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is awarding federal Community Development Block Grant funding across local jurisdictions in the state to prevent evictions. DHCD had already distributed $2.2 million in Eviction Prevention Partnership grants to eight counties, part of a more than $20 million partnership with Maryland’s local jurisdictions.
Locally, the following counties have received grant money:
- Dorchester: $100,000
- Somerset: $210,000
- Wicomico: $900,000
- Worcester: $336,000
In addition to this partnership with local governments, Governor Hogan has also launched the Assisted Housing Relief Program, which is an eviction prevention program intended to help bring rental delinquencies current and provide relief for tenants through direct payments to their eligible property management company, eliminating their rental debt and the threat of eviction. This program serves rental units in multifamily projects financed by DHCD’s Community Development Administration using state funds or federal resources, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, where unit rent is controlled.
On March 16th, Hogan issued an emergency order that prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can prove their inability to pay rent was caused by lost or reduced unemployment due to COVID-19, needing to care for a school-aged child, or because they are diagnosed with or under investigation for COVID-19. This order remains in effect during the state of emergency.