Second phase of Md. Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding announced

MARYLAND – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will allocate an additional $204 million for the continuation of the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

This second phase of federal funding will support local efforts to assist tenants whose ability to pay rent has been impacted by the pandemic. Additionally, more than $148 million was allocated directly to Maryland counties and Baltimore City.

We’re told the rental assistance program helps low-income families who typically live paycheck-to-paycheck – catch up on bills and hopefully get themselves in a self-sustaining position. “Those kinds of things and costs of not being able to pay your rent or your utilities on time really add up and it’s a really hard hole to dig out of,” says Danielle Meister, Senior Policy Officer at Maryland DHCD. She adds, “It’s a lot harder to help someone once they already have an eviction notice, so if you’re behind on your rent now, apply now.”

Since launching, the program has distributed more than $249 million in financial assistance to more than 40,000 renters statewide, as of December 2021.

For more information on programs by county and how to apply, click here.

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