Eviction Prevention

Eviction Prevention

The State of Maryland is eligible for an estimated $402,439,000 in federal rental assistance made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The state officially filed its application to the U.S. Treasury Department on January 8, ahead of the January 12 deadline. The majority of the funding will be administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, with local jurisdictions managing the remainder.

The funding can be used for rent, utilities, home energy costs, arrears, and other housing expenses resulting from the pandemic. The state must wait for the issuance of regulatory language from the federal government to deploy funding. Marylanders should check this page for any updates.

More than $100 million of state, local, and federal funds have already been allocated for rental assistance and eviction prevention, providing relief to thousands of Maryland households. This includes more than $41 million for pandemic relief programs administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The department has administered funds through the Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership, which supports local rental assistance programs, and the Assisted Housing Relief Program, which serves rental units in multifamily projects financed by DHCD's Community Development Administration using state funds or federal resources.

Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership

As a result of increased demand for rental assistance, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will deploy federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding across all 24 local jurisdictions in Maryland to prevent evictions. ​​​​​

Eligible Applicants:

  • Eligible applicants are anticipated to be all Maryland Counties and Baltimore City. 
  • Recipients of rental assistance may not exceed 80% Area Median Income (AMI). 
  • There may be additional local  eligibility requirements. Renters should contact their local rental assistance administrators for current information. ​​​​

Timeline:

The first round of program funding is currently being deployed. DHCD expects to announce additional funding once it is approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Future funding will be administered by the Department to local jurisdictions based on need from August through October 2020. ​​​​​

Administration of Funds:

Rental assistance funds will be awarded by the Department to local jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction will administer the funds to local residents.  Landlords and tenants should contact their local jurisdiction for more information, or email our customer service desk at customerservice.dhcd@maryland.gov. ​​​​

Assisted Housing Relief Program

The Assisted Housing Relief Program will assist tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to bring rental delinquencies current through direct payments to property management companies. Tenants in eligible properties will be credited up to nine months of rental payments to eliminate their rental debt and prevent eviction. ​​​​​

The program is limited to eligible multifamily communities financed by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Development Administration with state funds or federal resources, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program or Rental Housing Works. ​​​​​

Eligible Applicants:

Tenants who can certify the cause of their rental delinquency is related to COVID-19 pandemic are eligible. Applications will be collected and consolidated by property managers for submission to the department. All eligible properties can submit one application per property. ​​​

Timeline:

The Assisted Housing Relief Program application period is CLOSED. 

Future announcements about the Assisted Housing Relief Program will be sent out as Multifamily Notices. You can sign up for the notices at the following link: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/HousingDevelopment/Pages/About.aspx 

If you are in need of rental assistance you can contact dhcd.rental_services@maryland.gov for more resources or reach out to your local government.

Administration:

The department will make payments in one lump sum directly to property owners or managers for aggregated total amount of rental delinquency.  Landlords and tenants should refer to the database of eligible properties​ to determine if their property is eligible for funding or email dhcd.rentrelief@maryland.gov for more information. ​​​​​

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