Housing experts advise those in need to seek assistance, protections soon end
MARYLAND.- The State of Emergency Governor Hogan declared last March is officially over, and pandemic protections are also set to expire.
“There are going to be people that need the additional assistance and I think the state of Maryland is equipped to do that on a case by case basis but eventually these things have to end,” said President of Salisbury Chamber of Commerce Bill Chambers.
That’s the response from some experts, as the end is near for pandemic protections that kept many afloat throughout the last year.
Their thought is that the sooner protections end, the sooner the economy can get back to normal. “We can’t grow the economy if we keep extending these benefits beyond whatever point people see is reasonable,” said Chambers
Yet, organizations like Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County say the urgent need is still there. They say they’ve given out over $400,000 of the $977,000 dollars allocated for rental assistance in just the last 30 days.
On top of that they still have a back log of applications. “We here in our agency have 167 applications pending so folks need to come in right away,” said Executive Director Molly Hilligoss.
They urge community members to use the resources like rent and utility assistance while they’re still available.
As this could help them avoid late fees, court costs, and other problems down the road. “People need to use the opportunities for this rental assistance to not just get caught up but get ahead,” said Hilligoss.
Habitat for Humanity Wicomico County encourages community members who have the need — to apply at wicomicohabitat.org
They also say people should expect applications to take 2-3 weeks to be processed so they quicker you apply the better.