Howard County Government: Howard County Highlights $ 11.7 Million in Rent Assistance Available to Residents
Today, Howard County Director Calvin Ball highlighted the $ 11.7 million US Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program grant that is still available to residents in need. .
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Today, Calvin Ball, Howard County Director, highlighted the $ 11.7 million grant from the US Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program that is still available to residents in need. To date, Howard County partners have distributed $ 4 million in rent assistance to residents and landlords, preventing 1,259 residents from being evicted.
Our residents still have significant needs as they manage utility bills and rent payments during this difficult time. We are fighting this issue from all sides, the federal moratorium on evictions will eventually end, and we want our residents to know that support is available. We have rent assistance for residents and landlords and need help educating people who may be evicted.
Howard County has also partnered with United Way’s Strategic Prevention of Targeted Evictions (STEP) program with $ 4.6 million in state rent assistance funds. These funds are paid to landlords directly on behalf of tenants with outstanding rent balances. As of July 30, 16 landlords have registered to participate and 89 tenant payment requests have been received.
If residents have already received assistance with past due rents and utility bills, they may be eligible for additional assistance for up to a total of 15 months. Funding is still available, and tenants affected by COVID are encouraged to contact one of the county’s partner agencies for help. If residents have already received assistance from one of the following partners, they should contact the same partner for further assistance. Household income limits apply.
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* Call or email to apply – they are not accepted through the website portal
Preliminary application criteria:
- The applicant must be a resident of Howard County and provide proof of domicile.
- The candidate must provide proof of loss of income due to COVID-related job loss, reduced hours and / or medical illness.
“Since July 2020, the Howard County Community Action Council (CAC) has seen a 400% increase in demand for our housing assistance program. We have received over 1,400 inquiries from residents of Howard County. ” said ACC President Bita Dayhoff.“We continue to receive between 30 and 40 new requests for assistance each week. As the moratorium draws to a close, we know that the weeks and months ahead can become very difficult for many Howard County residents who are struggling to make ends meet. We I want them to know that we are here and that we will continue to be there to lend a hand. ”
“Housing assistance is a safety net that prevents more families affected by the pandemic from falling into homelessness caused by unemployment or illness” said Mariana Izraelson, executive director of Grassroots . “With the Emergency Rent Assistance Fund Grassroots is able to step in and help families avoid eviction and stem the escalation of crises occurring in families already in distress. are grateful to the Howard County government for its leadership in providing this financial support to help families in need. ”
“The crisis that awaits us does not only concern housing, precipitated by COVID”, Luminus Executive Director and CEO Mike Mitchell said.These are jobs, access to transportation, jobs, education and better economic health for our community. Thanks to Dr Ball and the Ministry of Housing, we are protecting families from eviction while preventing the loss of these other basic needs. Their investment means protection and stability for many of the thousands of families we serve. ”
The county helps homeowners facing foreclosure with funds to pay up to 12 months of past due mortgage payments. Since April 2021, the funding has helped 120 residents and avoided 42 foreclosures.
Homeowners unable to pay their mortgage, behind on their mortgage payments or threatened with foreclosure due to COVID-19, can print this application (link is external) or use this fillable version (link is external) and send with all documents backup required at foreclosureprevention @ howardcountymd.gov. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (external link) or call (410) 313-6318 and select option 3.
For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/DHCD-COVID(link is external)
This press release was produced by the Howard County Government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.