NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Assisted Housing Relief Program

Purpose:

The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) is administering $20 million for the Assisted Housing Relief Program.

The Assisted Housing Relief Program is intended to help bring rental delinquencies current for those units and provide real relief for the tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through direct payments to the eligible property management company. Tenants in eligible properties will be credited with up to a nine month rent rebate which will eliminate their rental debt and the threat of eviction.

The program will be limited to rental units in multi-family projects financed by DHCD’s Community Development Administration using state funds or federal resources, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program where the unit rent is controlled.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Applications will be collected and consolidated by property managers and submitted to DHCD. 
  • Eligibility will be based on the number of tenants who are able certify that the cause of their rent delinquency is COVID-related. 
  • A property look-up website​ is available. All eligible properties can submit one application per property.

Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

For properties to be eligible to apply on behalf of tenants, the tenant (s) must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Is identified as Leaseholder in the written Dwelling Lease for the unit listed above; 
  • Is not receiving other forms of rental assistance, including assistance through a Housing Choice Voucher, Project-Based Rental Assistance, Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities, or similar rental assistance programs used to subsidize the rental unit. 
  • Is delinquent on rental payments due between April 1 – December 31, 2020; and 
  • Is delinquent due to illness, employment or wage loss caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) Application Process:

  • Applications must be submitted via email by property management to dhcd.rentrelief@maryland.gov;
  • The email’s subject line must include the property name and Assisted Housing Relief Program project ID. (For example, Delight Meadows Senior, Project ID: 0001) Project IDs can be found in the Eligible Property Database;
  • Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – Friday, December 18, 2020;
  • New applicant properties must submit the following documents:
    • 1 Assisted Housing Relief Program Application
    • 1 W-9 (Saved as Separate PDF) 
    • 1 Owner Losses form (dated December 1, 2020) with all tenants listed 
    • 1 Tenant Certification (dated December 1, 2020) for each tenant listed on the Owner Losses Form
  • If you have previously submitted an application for your property, please make sure that you are not including any previously requested delinquencies on your Owner Loss form. 
  • If you are adding November/December delinquencies for tenants that were previously submitted, you only need to submit the Owner Loss form with the new delinquency listed. You are responsible for obtaining a signed and dated tenant certification reflecting each month of assistance received, but you do NOT need to resubmit it to DHCD. 
  • If you are adding new tenants for a previously submitted property, you should submit the Owner Loss form and include the signed Tenant Certification. 
  • Funding announcements will be made on a rolling basis after the application deadline; and 
  • DHCD may close the application process prior to the December 18th deadline if funding is exhausted in advance of that date. 
  • DHCD may prorate funds if amount requested exceed the funds available.
  • ***Please use the Owner Losses form Dated December 1, 2020. The form has been changed to an excel document. Data should be typed into the spreadsheet to utilize formulas***
  • ***Amounts on the Owner Losses form and Tenant Certification must be the same***

Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) Application Requirements:

The following attachments are available and will be required in the on-line application in order for the application to be considered complete:

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