The State of Maryland is currently preparing to deploy federal COVID-19 relief funds as rental assistance. If coronavirus has affected a tenant’s ability to pay rent, they may be eligible for assistance for current or past due rental payments.
Some of this federal assistance was provided directly to eight local jurisdictions with populations over 200,000 that will administer their own rental assistance programs - Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties, as well as Baltimore City. All local programs are expected to be open for tenants and landlords no later than May 1, 2021, and some local jurisdictions are currently accepting applications.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will administer funding directly to jurisdictions through the Maryland Eviction Partnership program to support local rental assistance efforts. The department will also provide assistance to tenants residing in affordable rental properties that received federal or state financing through the Assisted Housing Relief Program.
Please check back at this website for updates on when programs have opened for applications.
Governor Hogan’s Moratorium on Evictions During State of Emergency currently remains in effect. On March 16, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an emergency order that prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can demonstrate that their inability to pay rent was the result of COVID-19 - for example, because of lost or reduced employment, needing to care for a school-aged child, because they are diagnosed with or under investigation for COVID-19. If a tenant feels they are being unfairly threatened with eviction, they should contact the Office of the Maryland Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division or calling 410-528-8662.
The Assisted Housing Relief Program is only available to tenants residing in multifamily rental communities that have received state funds or federal resources from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. To be eligible, a tenant must reside in one of the communities listed at: Assisted Housing Relief Program Eligible Properties Search.
If a tenant is eligible, they should contact their property management company for application information. Tenant applications will be collected and compiled by the property management company and submitted to the department as one single program application for the property. Property managers will receive direct payments from the department to bring up to nine months of rental delinquencies current.
The department anticipates opening the application period for the Assisted Housing Relief Program in mid-April 2021. Eligible property managers and tenants should check this page for updates.
Local jurisdictions will operate rental assistance programs. All programs are expected to open by May 1, 2021. Please check back for more information.